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Administration Claims Credit for Undoing Y2K Bug

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Clinton administration congratulated itself today for killing the Y2K millennium computer bug, which drowned in a sea of $100 billion on repairs and preparations in the United States. "Mission accomplished," White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said. President Clinton invited his Y2K team, led by John Koskinen, to the White House for a group photo as it winds down operations.

The U.S. government spent $8.5 billion to update and repair its computers; preparations by businesses and individuals pushed the total to $100 billion. The phone industry alone spent $3.6 billion to make sure phone systems were Y2K-compliant. The glitch involved the inability of some computers to recognize "00" as shorthand for the year 2000.

"We averted what could have been a big problem in many of our economic sectors and government institutions," Lockhart said. "And that's in large part because of the leadership of Mr. Koskinen both here in the United States and around the world." He dismissed criticism that the Y2K warnings were a costly false alarm.

"Business in this country doesn't go ahead and spend money on problems that they don't think exist," he said. "They addressed this problem. I think we were the leaders in the world on this. And I think the results are quite straightforward."


-- Carl Jenkins (, February 18, 2000


To eat crow while koff cough CoughSkinEm crows -- what a fate!

But SO MUCH BETTER than the dreaded anticipated fate ;^)
Prayer "less than a BITR" answered! *crossing fingers still*
Sure there's lotsa problems but with the grid 'n iron triangle holding, it's FOF and a Business Competitiveness issue.

May the most remediated win :-)

Still can't bear to put away the nice polished pointy pitchfork. Heirloom :-)

-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (, February 18, 2000.

Does anybody wonder, after a comparative quietude, about the correlation between the
Coordinated Troll Spam Attack on the very eve of the
Official Admin Conquer Y2K Crowing

Just another Y2K "coincidence."
That coincidence list is just sooo l-o-n-g. Another coincidence ;^)

-- observing it all (, February 18, 2000.

i noticed that too

-- jenny (, February 18, 2000.

Sort of ironic that on the same day of this announcement, there's NASDAQ Information Technology Glitch. msg.tcl?msg_id=002azy

Doesn't have to be y2k related, but another interesting coincidence regardless.

-- Tim (, February 18, 2000.

Taking credit for the results of other's actions is typical of the Clinton administration. It is an insult to all of us who worked so hard to make sure that the Y2K rollover wasn't a disaster!

-- Flash (flash@flash.flash), February 18, 2000.

What if Koffinsky becomes Gore's running mate?

-- nightmares (, February 18, 2000.

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