FEDERAL COMPUTER WEEK (Jan. 5) warns that without funding, agencies will not be compliant in 2000. It's time for contingency planning.
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Many agencies already know that there is simply not enough money and not enough time to get all agency systems up and running by 2000. Congress and OMB should make a joint New Year's resolution this year to add a dose of reality to the Year 2000 discussion. It is time to do away with the report cards, false deadlines and unrealistic expectations. Rather, OMB should use the remaining 700-plus days to push agencies to complete assessments, prioritize systems fixes and redirect funding and manpower. Another worthwhile endeavor would be to prepare some disaster-recovery plans for those agencies that simply run out of time.