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Most Federal Agencies to Meet Deadline to Fix Y2K Bug
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — 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 computer systems.

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."

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