Year 2000 Computing Challenge:

Agencies' Reporting of Mission-Critical Classified Systems

AIMD-99-218: Published: Aug 5, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal agencies' reporting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the year 2000 status of their classified systems, focusing on: (1) whether agencies are including classified systems in their quarterly reports to OMB; (2) whether agencies are separately reporting to OMB on the status of their classified systems; and (3) for those agencies not reporting to OMB, the status of those systems.

GAO noted that: (1) of the 34 federal agencies surveyed, 21 agencies reported that they do not have any classified systems; (2) of the remaining 13 federal agencies, 12 agencies reported that they include the year 2000 status of their mission-critical, classified systems in their reports to OMB; (3) OMB uses the information provided by the agencies to monitor year 2000 progress across the federal government and to keep Congress informed of agencies' year 2000 progress; (4) as of July 1999, the Department of the Treasury had not reported the status of all of its mission-critical, classified systems to OMB; (5) however, it plans to do so in its subsequent reports to OMB; (6) Treasury reported that it has 13 systems that are not reported to OMB; (7) of these 13 systems, 7 systems are year 2000 compliant, 5 systems are being repaired, and 1 system is being replaced; and (8) according to Treasury, the 5 systems being repaired and the 1 system being replaced are all in the testing/validation phase.

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