Year 2000 Computing Challenge:

Labor Has Progressed But Selected Systems Remain at Risk

T-AIMD-99-179: Published: May 12, 1999. Publicly Released: May 12, 1999.

Additional Materials:


Joel C. Willemssen
(202) 512-6253


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Labor's progress in making its 61 mission-critical systems year 2000 compliant, focusing on: (1) the systems operated by states to administer unemployment benefits payments for Labor's Unemployment Insurance Service (UIS); and (2) an assessment of the risks faced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

GAO noted that: (1) Labor has taken action to prepare its 61 mission-critical systems for the change of century; (2) however, with a little more than 7 months left, Labor remains at risk of systems disruptions in two of the areas GAO highlighted last fall: making benefits payments to laid-off workers, and producing labor and economic statistics; (3) the risk in making benefits payment systems compliant emanates from Labor's reliance on largely unverified progress reports from states and on states' capabilities to get the job done; (4) several State Employment Agencies report that they are not yet compliant; (5) further, the department acknowledges that 4 of the 23 mission-critical systems used by BLS contain a non-year 2000-compliant vendor product; and (6) given these risks, it is important that appropriate contingency plans be developed to ensure business continuity in the event of system failures.

Nov 19, 2015

Nov 4, 2015

Nov 3, 2015

Oct 22, 2015

Sep 16, 2015

Sep 15, 2015

Jun 24, 2015

Jun 17, 2015

Jun 10, 2015

Apr 16, 2015

Looking for more? Browse all our products here