Nearly all federal government agencies have
fixed and tested their "mission-critical" computer systems and
should be ready to accurately process data come Jan. 1, 2000,
Clinton administration officials said today.
The President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion reported that 92
percent of the government's 24 largest agencies are Y2K compliant.
"These systems have gone through the full stages of not only
analysis and assessment, but remediation, testing and
implementation," said the council's chairman, John Koskinen.
"Implementation includes installing the upgraded or replaced
systems wherever they're in operation, not only domestically but
around the world."
Koskinen said 13 of the 24 federal departments now report their
mission-critical systems are 100 percent compliant. Among them are the
Social Security Administration and the departments of Education,
Labor, Interior and Veterans Affairs. Except for one, the remaining
agencies have fixed and tested at least 85 percent of their
The U.S. Agency for International Development has not fixed any
of its critical systems.
The Y2K bug occurs because many computers programmed to
recognize only the last two digits of a year won't work properly
beginning Jan. 1, 2000, when machines might assume it is 1900.
Rep. Steve Horn, R-Calif., chairman of the House Government
Reform Committee's subcommittee on government management, was
encouraged by the 92 percent compliant rate but said "we should have
had it sooner."
"Now we've got to do the real serious work, which is test it in
an operational environment," he said. "If we can test it and it
still works, that's fine. But time's a wasting."