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Category: 

Government

Date: 

1998-05-18 08:19:12

Subject: 

Utah Claims A Miracle: Y2K Fix for Under $10 Million

  Link:

http://www.desnews.com/cit/ut19pmf3.htm

Comment: 

We've heard about the birds that flew in from distant places and ate the locusts. Now we're asked to believe that the programmers have eaten half the millennium bugs.

After spending $4.5 million, the state is halfway to compliance. It's a miracle. But is it a miracle based on fact? Birds and locusts men could see. Not y2k compliance: "Asked whether the [state's] Web site might list government entities or private enterprises as they declare their computer systems Y2K compliant, Moon said 'perhaps' but said no standard definition of 'compliant' exists." Aye, there's the rub.

This is from the DESERET NEWS (May 16).

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Glowing screens from a horseshoe-shaped computer command center surrounded Gov. Mike Leavitt Friday as he announced a new coalition designed to be a year 2000 resource for government and business.

At his side, a mainframe computer with its clocks set ahead to 2000 was running Tax Commission programs to see if Y2K bugs had been fixed. Y2K is short for "year 2000."

There is no way government can solve all of the Y2K-related problems, but it can be an important resource, Leavitt said from the state's computer hub behind the Capitol.

The Governor's Coalition for Year 2000 Preparedness will seek the participation of groups whose computer systems are important in delivering and maintaining public services and information banks, utilities, government and hospitals, to name a few.

The state has also launched a Web site at (y2k.state.ut.us) with Y2K resources the governor demonstrated briefly at the press conference. Web site resources include checklists of priorities businesses and different public entities can go through to evaluate their computer system compliance. . . .

The Legislature has appropriated $9 million to help the state find and fix Y2K problems in state computers.

"We're roughly half-way done," said Dave Moon, the state's chief information officer. Fixing the problem is "the highest priority in terms of technology." . . .

Asked whether the Web site might list government entities or private enterprises as they declare their computer systems Y2K compliant, Moon said "perhaps" but said no standard definition of "compliant" exists.

Link: 

http://www.desnews.com/cit/ut19pmf3.htm

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