Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Test of State Y2K Readiness a Success

Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Test of State Y2K Readiness a Success

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The Feared 9-9-99 Computer Bug Had No Effect on State Governments.

Washington, D.C.-States passed an early Y2K test in September when fears that 9-9-99 would have an effect on computers similar to the so-called Y2K bug proved to be unfounded.

States reported no problems associated with the potential computer glitch that some anticipated because of the four successive nines in the date. In the early days of programming 9999 was used as a shut down command to cancel programs on com puter systems- Many states included the possible 9-9-99 computer bug in their strategic plan for Y2K readiness.

On the afternoon of September 9, 1999, the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) conducted a member survey to determine if any problems were experienced. The 37 states that responded reported that no problems occurred.

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State Comptroller Martin J. Benison, CGFM, reported that the state's Y2K preparations have been adequate. "The Commonwealth of Massachusetts had high confidence that we were prepared for the 9-9-99 computer problem and we continue to have high confidence we will pass the January 1, 2000 date line without problems," Benison said. …

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