Several state and many local governments lag in Y2K remediation, raising the risk of service disruption. The federal government will spend in excess of $7.5 billion and will not be able to renovate, test, and implement all of its mission critical systems in time. However, wholesale failure of federal government services is not likely to occur.
The committee's work in this sector includes national emergency planning as well as federal, state, and local government preparedness. After a late start, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is now engaged in national emergency planning in the event of major and minor Y2K disruptions.
State and local governments vary widely in their Y2K preparations. Several states are not prepared to deliver critical services such as benefit payments. Of greatest concern to the Committee is the ability of local communities to provide 911 and emergency services.
The federal government also varies widely in its Y2K preparations. The Social Security Administration started early and is prepared, while other agencies, like the Department of Defense, are lagging. To its credit, the federal government publicly displays its Y2K status through quarterly and monthly reports to the Office of Management and Budget.
Read the committee report's section on government's preparations for the year 2000. (Editor's note: the committee's report is in the Portable Document Format (PDF). Click here to obtain an Adobe Acrobat reader to view this file.)