THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS Y2K READY
"Today, the facts are clear: we have done our job, we have met the deadline, and we have done it well below cost projections."
President Bill Clinton
Tuesday, December 14, 1999
Today, at the White House, President Clinton announced the findings of a report by the Office of Management and Budget showing that the federal government is ready for the year 2000. The report indicates that as of today, 99.9 percent of the government's mission-critical computer systems are Y2K compliant. The President thanked the thousands of federal employees and contractors who dedicated themselves to resolving the Y2K problem, and urged small businesses and local governments to make every effort to become Y2K compliant before the end of the year.
Ready for Y2K. In May 1997, when discussions began about the Y2K compliancy of federal government systems, only 21 percent of the government's more than 6,000 mission-critical systems were ready for the date change. Over the past 3 years, in what has probably been the single largest technology management challenge in history, thousands of federal workers and contractors dedicated themselves to readying the federal government for Y2K. Today, President Clinton announced the findings of OMB's last official quarterly report of the year, showing that the federal government is ready for the year 2000. According to the report:
Continuing to Enhance Our Readiness. Even if all federal systems are compliant, the possibility of glitches or problems with external parties still exists. As an additional safeguard, federal agencies will use the remainder of 1999 to refine and test continuity, contingency, and day one plans. In addition, President Clinton urged the private sector and state and local governments to make every effort to prepare their systems for the date change.
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