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FAA, Other Agencies Flunk On Year 2000 Efforts

February 23, 1999

Unless the Federal Aviation Agency rushes to bring its computers into Year 2000 compliance, its entire system for assigning air travel routes for commercial planes and other aircraft traffic will malfunction next year. That is the conclusion of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology, and the General Accounting Office.

Other agencies running out of time and missing deadlines for Y2K compliance are the Health Care Financing Administration, the Department of Defense and the Department of State.

  • Rep. Steve Horn (R-Calif.) has commented that the Department of Transportation -- which houses the FAA -- "is moving toward January 1 at a snail's pace."
  • GAO experts report that HCFA -- which processes Medicare claims -- "got a late start," that Y2K was "not even a priority" in 1997, and too little time is left to complete its work.
  • Although the Pentagon has spend about $2.5 billion so far to be Y2K compliant, it admits six major systems will not be ready and may fail -- involving the Army's Patriot missile system, the Navy's SM-2 and SM-3 air defense missile systems, the department's AM/TY Q 23 (V) command and control system, its theater battle management system, and the Pentagon's personnel readiness system.
  • The Department of State can expect problems communicating with and supplying overseas bureaus, the congressional report card said.

Source: George Archibald and Jason Schultz, "FAA Graded F for Effort on Year-2000 Solutions," Washington Times, February 23, 1999.


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