Gov. Pete Wilson has issued a y2k executive order. It is similar to New York Gov. Pataki's order of July 2, 1997. It is late in the game to get serious enough about the problem to issue an executive order. Also, there must be sanctions attached to the order if it is to lead to the y2k repairs' completion by the December 31, 1998, deadline.
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1. Year 2000 solutions shall be a State priority. With due consideration for mandated initiatives, each agency shall defer commencing new computer projects until essential systems are Year 2000 compliant.
2. Each agency of the State shall be responsible to find and fix Year 2000 problems in its essential systems, in accordance with the Department of Information Technology's California 2000 Program, no later than December 31, 1998. Each agency shall also protect its essential systems from corruption by other systems which are not Year 2000 compliant. Agencies shall achieve compliance through existing resources.
3. State agencies shall not purchase new systems, hardware, software. or equipment that is not Year 2000 compliant or fails to contain Year 2000 contract language.