Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 14, 1999


With the end of the year in sight, I am pleased to release OMB's final quarterly report that shows that the Federal government is ready for the year 2000. As of today, 99.9 per cent of the government's mission critical computer systems are Y2K compliant. They have been fixed, tested and certified as ready for operation on January 1, 2000. We have met the challenge of making sure that the federal government can continue to serve the American people as we enter the next century.

Three years ago when we started our intensive work on Y2K, only one-fifth of the mission critical systems was ready. Many said that the Federal government was not up to the job, that the deadline would not be met, and that the price tag would be exorbitant, as much as $50 billion dollars.

Today, the facts are clear: we have done our job, we have met the deadline, and we have done it at below cost. I want to thank the thousands of dedicated men and women of the Federal government, who spent long hours, late nights, and many weekends, getting us ready for the New Year. Many of these same people will be mobilized and working throughout the New Year's weekend. Thanks to them, we have every reason to approach the change-over with confidence about the operations of the Federal government.

However, no amount of preparation can prevent us from glitches. For this reason, there are back-up plans, so that the critical functions of the Federal government can continue.

For many others, including smaller businesses and local governments, there is still work to do between now and the end of the year. I urge them to make every effort possible to fix as many computer systems as they can, and to develop contingency plans if they are needed.

As we turn our thoughts to a new year, Americans have every right to be proud of the work of their government and its employees. They will continue to work vigilantly through the holidays and into the new year so that America may celebrate the arrival of a new Millennium.

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