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1998-05-27 09:31:19


Wyoming: $1 Million of $13 Million Appropriated



The State of Wyoming estimates that it will have to pay $13 milion to get y2k fixed. It has allocated $1 million so far. It plans to hire some firm to fix its systems, beginning July 1, 1998.

We can kiss Wyoming's government goodbye.

This is from the Caspar TRIBUNE (May 22).

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state could pay $13 million to fix its computer system before the year 2000 hits, but officials have little time or money for the job.

"We're running out of time," said Larry Stolz, the state's chief information officer in the Department of Administration and Information. "We're doing everything we can, but we do have a dilemma." . . .

Between 20 and 30 percent of the state's computer systems should not be affected by the year 2000, he said.

Wyoming's cost to fix the problem in the state's computers could reach $13 million, Stolz said.

The total includes $9 million to fix programs that tie into the state's mainframe computer and $4 million in state agency systems not totally tied to the mainframe.

So far, the state only has a little more than $1 million for the huge project.

The Legislature rejected Gov. Jim Geringer's request for $6 million and failed to appropriate $3 million state officials had hoped for during the budget session in February, Stolz said. . . .

As a result, the state put out a request for a proposal to fix the problem. Eleven companies answered, and a contract will be awarded by July 1, Stolz said.


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