Y2K: 100 Days to Go
With only 100 days until January 1, 2000, the Senate committee investigating the Year 2000 computer glitch are still turning up problem areas.
According to an updated Y2K report, the committee was especially concerned about international readiness for the Year 2000.
"It is a mistake to believe that disruptions abroad won't hurt us here," Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT), the committee's chairman, said. "Economies are global, and Y2K disruptions will be experienced globally."
On the committee's list of domestic areas to improve are water treatment plants and the nation's 911 emergency system.
According to the report, 47 percent of local communities are still working to update their portions of the national system. And of the 51 percent of wastewater treatment plants that responded to the committee, only 14 percent were ready for the Year 2000.
"There is considerable danger in waiting until the eleventh hour," Bennett said, "since that is when the most direct and devastating impacts of Y2K could be realized."
The committee's full report is available at: http://www.senate.gov/~y2k/index.html. (Editor's note: the committee's report is in the Portable Document Format (PDF). Click here to obtain an Adobe Acrobat reader to view these files.)