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Feds sound Y2K all-clear

January 3, 2000
Web posted at: 11:44 a.m. EST (1644 GMT)

by Jennifer Jones


(IDG) -- In his last briefing of the New Year's weekend, President Clinton's Y2K Czar John Koskinen on Sunday sounded an all-clear.

Koskinen reported that major banks around the globe had completed without incident the final checks on systems before opening for the first business day of 2000.

Of the smattering of federal system glitches the President's Council on Y2K Conversion had been tracking, he said most have either been fixed or determined not to be Y2K-related.

Specifically, Koskinen noted a glitch that occurred in the Federal Aviation Administration's Notice to Airman (NOTAM) system, which dispatches information to pilots.
Feds sound Y2K all-clear

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Y2K sites around the world

FAA determined that the problem was indeed Y2K-related. But FAA operations never suffered because of the glitch - attributed to a single line of code - and the agency repaired the problem Saturday night.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms reported to Koskinen a problem with its Firearms Licensing System, used to regulate the firearms industry. But ATF has yet to determine whether the problem, which is now under investigation, is Y2K-related. ATF will revert to manual procedures should problems with the system continue, Koskinen said.
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In terms of state and local problems, Koskinen noted only Alaska's "potential bug" in its Unemployment Insurance Program. The state has applied a software patch and put contingency plans into effect.


The Council on Saturday posted a list of all incidents - actual or reported - that it has been tracking since clocks moved forward to 2000.

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Alaska always alert; Y2K just another day
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Confident yet cautious, industries await Y2K
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Japan makes final preparations for Y2K
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LA might be most Y2K-ready city in the World
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New Year's Eve on the Net
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Overlooked patches cause last-minute Y2K glitches
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Raleigh, N.C. to watch and wait
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Y2K planning helps French power utility cope with storms
December 31, 1999
Tulsa takes laid-back approach to Y2K
December 31, 1999
Vietnam sets up Y2K contingency task force
December 31, 1999
Internet surviving Y2K, so far
December 31, 1999
Powers that be ready in Albuquerque
December 30, 1999
Shutting down old disks for Y2K could do more harm than good
December 30, 1999
Anti-virus vendors on alert for new year
December 30, 1999
Small businesses not forgotten in Y2K
December 30, 1999
FAA installing last-minute Y2K patch
December 30, 1999

Defense Dept. spots Y2K glitch in satellite intelligence systems
U.S. agencies await Y2K results
Opinion: Don't let initial Y2K success make your PC users too complacent
Electric power still running smoothly in North America
Guam's Y2K rollover bodes well for U.S.
Revelers awake to find the world in one piece
Hackers quiet but may hit fed sites later
(Federal Computer Week)
U.S. Y2K central reports only minor problems
(Federal Computer Week)
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