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Feds not worried about Sept. 9 date problem
September 6, 1999
Web posted at: 11:18 a.m. EDT (1518 GMT)
by Orlando De Bruce
(IDG) -- The federal government plans to do "very limited testing'' of its computer systems as a practice exercise to determine potential glitches when the date Sept. 9 arrives.
Jack Gribben, a spokesman for the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, said federal Year 2000 programmers expect little or no problem Sept. 9 and decided to conduct a routine test as a precautionary measure.
Many computer experts believe Sept. 9, 1999 -- written as 9/9/99 -- could create widespread computer problems similar to those that the Year 2000 date-change problem could cause. Experts said 9/9/99 could be read as "9999," the code that many computers use to stop a program.
Each federal agency will test its own systems and will most likely have complete results the next working day, if there is anything to reveal, Gribben said. "We don't think 9/9/99 will be a significant issue,'' he said.
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