OMB report: Agencies near Y2K finish line

According to the Office of Management and Budget's eighth quarterly report, 79 percent of the federal government's mission-critical systems are fully compliant, up from 61 percent in December. The Clinton administration expects more than 90 percent of the major systems will be compliant by March 31, the governmentwide deadline to have all systems fixed and reinstalled.

Only three federal agencies—the departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services and the U.S. Agency for International Development—remain on the critical list and are not making adequate progress, according to the report.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Small Business Administration, and the Social Security Administration have reported that all their mission-critical systems are compliant.

OMB reported that eight agencies are making progress but are still on the watch list, including the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Justice, Labor, State and Treasury.

The remaining 13 agencies, which include the five that completed their Year 2000 work, are making adequate progress and report that they have completed or are close to completing their work on mission-critical systems.

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