Washington clears state programs for Y2K

Washington agencies are all but finished clearing state programs for the Year 2000 date change, according to statewide risk-assessment report released last week.

The report, prepared at the request of the state's Department of General Administration, reviewed the state's vital services and found only one agency, the state's Fish and Wildlife Agency, to have projects still considered at high risk. And those projects are expected to be up to snuff before June 30, the target date established by Gov. Gary Locke's Executive Steering Committee for the state to complete its Year 2000 work, a state Year 2000 official said.

"All the agencies have been really focused on making their systems and equipment ready for anything that could interrupt vital services in the state," said Julie Boyer, program manager for the Year 2000 office.

"Fish and Wildlife is doing everything it can to be ready by [the] target date, and I'm really confident that they'll be done on time or close to it."

Boyer said the wildlife agency has established Year 2000 contingency plans. For example, if a fish hatchery in the state is not able to use the alarm that lets them know there has been a change in the water quality, there is a contingency plan about how to monitor the water manually.

The complete report can be seen online at www.wa.gov/dis/2000/ga/rskassmt/sterling/report4/index.htm.

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