Year 2000 Computing Challenge:

Noteworthy Improvements in Readiness But Vulnerabilities Remain

T-AIMD-00-37: Published: Nov 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 4, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the year 2000 technology problem, focusing on: (1) the federal government's progress and challenges that remain in correcting its systems; (2) state and local government year 2000 issues; and (3) the readiness of key public infrastructure and economic sectors.

GAO noted that: (1) while much improvement has been shown, additional work remains at the national, federal, state, and local levels to ensure that major service disruptions do not occur; (2) specifically, remediation must be completed, end-to-end testing performed, and business continuity and contingency plans and Day One strategies developed and validated; (3) similar actions remain to be completed by the nation's key sectors; (4) whether the United States successfully confronts the year 2000 challenge will largely depend on the success of federal, state, and local governments, as well as the private sector working together to complete these actions; and (5) accordingly, strong leadership and partnerships must be maintained to ensure that the needs of the public are met at the turn of the century.

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