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Bennett: Create Y2K office Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) chairman of the Senate Banking Committee's Financial Services and Technology Subcommittee last month wrote a letter to President Clinton asking him to create an office within the White House to focus agencies' efforts on the Year 2000 computer problem.

Bennett who has held four hearings on the Year 2000 problem wrote in a letter dated Nov. 17 that his investigations have left him with "little confidence" that government agencies and the private sector are fixing their computer systems so that they can properly process the 2000 date.

Many government systems identify years using two digits federal computers therefore will process 2000 as 1900 causing calculation errors or processing gibberish. "The Office of Management and Budget has established guidelines for federal agencies to gauge their progress in becoming Year 2000-compliant but the General Accounting Office reports that most federal agencies are well behind those suggested milestones " Bennett wrote.

"Generally the government remains in the `awareness' and `assessment' phases of the remediation effort when they should already be in the process of repairing replacing and implementing their systems. The government has given little or no attention to the critical issues of contingency planning " Bennett continued.

GSA sets solicitation date William Gormley assistant commissioner for acquisition at the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service said his office will issue a single solicitation on Dec. 16 for all its schedule contracts covering information technology products and services.

The solicitation will be the first issued by GSA that will cover every aspect of IT available through schedule contracts. Users will be able to purchase mainframes PCs software IT services leased equipment used equipment electronic commerce and telecommunications - now spread across five separate schedules - through the single contract.

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