Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Progress on Year 2000

Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Progress on Year 2000

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Report of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as of February 15,1998

The administration has taken several significant steps during the reporting quarter. Most notably, on February 4,1998, President Clinton issued Executive Order 13073, "Year 2000 Conversion," creating the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion. The order directs agencies to "assure that no critical federal program experiences disruption because of the Y2K problem," and requires a quarterly report to the president from the chair of the council and the director of the Office of Management and Budget. OMB will continue to oversee federal systems and will support the council's broader role to improve the federal government's coordination with the private sector and other governments at all levels. In January, OMB issued new guidance to federal agencies establishing accelerated schedules for the completion of Y2K work and revising the reporting requirements upon which this summary report are based. (See OMB Memorandum 98-02, "Progress Reports on Fixing Year 2000 Difficulties.") Based on that guidance, agencies are now working to have all of their mission-critical systems Y2K-compliant by March 1999. In addition, they are working actively with those with whom they exchange data.

In addition to directing the renovation of agency systems, OMB has asked all agencies to raise awareness with their regulated and constituent communities. In response, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has established a web site (www.sba.gov/2k) containing information useful for small businesses, including information on how a small business can ensure that it is prepared for 2000. This information is also available through SBA's network of assistance centers. The Department of Education is working with colleges and universities to ensure preparedness and the Department of Transportation is working with the airline and maritime industries. Other agencies are taking similar action. In March, OMB asked 31 independent agencies not included in this report to comment on their progress in fixing the Y2K problem. OMB will include a summary of those responses in the next quarterly report to Congress.

Results in Brief

Overall, the federal government continues to make progress in addressing the Y2K problem. Virtually all agencies have accelerated their target dates to conform to the new governmentwide goals of September 1998 for completion of renovation and March 1999 for implementation. …

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