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Y2K threatens House systems The House of Representatives which has taken agencies to task for not moving fast enough on the Year 2000 problem is behind in assessing and fixing its computers according to the House's Office of Inspector General. In a recently released report the House IG stated "If corrective actions are not taken before the Year 2000 arrives most if not all of the House's systems including the mission-critical ones [for example the Legislative Information Management System Office Systems Management and Financial Management System] may fail or produce erroneous data." The report also noted that the House Information Resource's estimate of more than $1.2 million falls short of the IG's projection of nearly $2.4 million to fix the House's Year 2000 glitches.

Meanwhile officials with the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Services Division last week told vendors at its Year 2000 Industry Day that while the FAA does not know how much the Year 2000 fix will cost money will be available to solve the problem. Air Traffic Services houses the majority of systems that make up the National Airspace System which the FAA has identified as the highest priority for information technology.

Groups choose best IT

Computer systems that process employee information and payroll weather information and medical claims are among 19 IT projects that two federal IT groups identified this month as the best-developed government systems.

In its report "Best IT Practices in the Federal Government " the Chief Information Officers Council and the Industry Advisory Council chose the following systems: Employee Express Interior Department Automated Surface Observing Systems National Weather Service the Civilian Health and Medical Program Department of Veterans Affairs Computational Aerosciences NASA Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support Program Defense Department Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval Securities and Exchange Commission Electronic Signature Transportation Department EnviroFacts the Environmental Protection Agency Federal Energy Technology Center - Computer-Based Training Energy Department Field Automation and Information Management Food Safety and Inspection Service Information Ordering System Education Department InteLink Intelligence Systems Secretariat Interactive Video Teletraining Social Security Administration Joint Automated Booking System Justice Department Operational and Administrative Systems for Import Support Food and Drug Administration OSHA Asbestos Advisor Occupational Safety and Health Administration PBS Plus+ General Services Administration Tenant Eligibility Verification System Department of Housing and Urban Development Treasury Communications System Treasury Department.

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