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D.C. Behind In Fixing Year 2000 Bug

October 3, 1998


Officials of Washington, D.C., are complaining that the Year 2000 is coming too soon, and they need more time and money to fix their computers -- but the calendar is unforgiving. The city did not even focus in earnest on the problem until this past June -- even though many other municipalities and states launched repair efforts at least two years ago.

  • The city's Chief Technology Officer told Congress on Friday the District will need $117 million more to adjust its computers -- six times more than has already been budgeted.
  • Of the city's 336 computer systems, only 25 percent are confirmed to be free of flaws that would cause them to malfunction or crash on Jan. 1, 2000.
  • Thirty-five percent need to be repaired and tested, and the remaining 40 percent need tests to ensure they are trouble-free.
  • City officials say they don't know which operations in 75 city agencies will fail -- but they are sure some will go down.

To date, the District has budgeted $22 million for its 2000 repair effort and spent about $8.5 million.

Source: Eric Lipton, "2000 Is Too Soon, D.C. Officials Say, Washington Post, October 3, 1998.


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