States institute Y2K freeze, too

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Some states, including California, have barred any changes on their information technology systems well into the Year 2000 to avoid the introduction of untested and potentially bad date code.

"The state of California has a moratorium on Y2K-remediated and/or related impacts," said Elias Cortez, California's chief information officer. If an agency wants to upgrade software or hardware, they must re-test to "ensure they didn't impact the integrity of the Y2K remediation," Cortez said.

The moratorium runs statewide through the leap year date of Feb. 29, Cortez said. Any IT purchase during that time would require approval by a departmental CIO, the department director and the Department of Information Technology, in conjunction with the Office of Emergency Services.

Maine instituted a freeze on any "changes in production systems" on Nov. 1 through the Jan. 1, said Maine CIO Bob Mayer. Any changes required during that time will be decided on a case-by-case basis, he said.

"On Jan.1, we'll bring up all the production systems as part of our Y2K plans," Mayer said, adding that a system like Maine's internal financial management system has been fixed and tested for months and will have "no more changes until the [date] rollover because it's critical, and it's just too big."

Utah CIO Dave Moon said the state has not instituted any type of buying freeze but will not make changes to its mainframe software configuration through year's end. "All of our agencies share that environment, so there will be no wholesale changes to it," he said.

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