This February 2 report from thestreet.com on a meeting of 600 y2k bureaucrats is sobering. Here are some of the highlights.
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Some were near tears. "I just don't know how we're going to do this," says the Y2K "expert" from the Veterans Hospital Administration. "I'm 75% of my department's Y2K office, and I don't even know what I'm doing."
At times this conference has resembled an AA meeting, with one sad-eyed participant after another testifying about the escalating scope of the Y2K problem they're supposed to solve. . . .
"We're going to find not just Y2K problems, but we're going to find all kinds of problems we'd never have tested for," says Julia McCreary, Year 2000 coordinator for the IRS. "And our costs of fixing this will grow exponentially." . . .
"I'm constantly trying to get my bosses' attention on this issue," said a Department of Defense Y2K glutton who asked to remain anonymous. "But he just doesn't want to hear it. He thinks Bill Gates is gonna come marching in with the final solution any day now. But you can bet your butt my boss will give me PLENTY of attention on January 3, 2000."