WASHINGTONWhether you call it the Year 2000 Problem (Y2K) or
the Millennium Bug, it could bite the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) quite badly, a congressional report warns. The Y2K
problem stems from the fact that most computers still use only two
digits to represent the year. Come the year 2000, unless this flaw is
corrected, these computers will read 00 as the year 1900, and chaos
will occur in their calculations.
In his sixth report card on the efforts of the federal
organizations to correct their computers, Rep. Steven Horn (R-Calif)
gave HHS an F, largely because of the failure of the
Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to update its computers.
Overall, he gave the federal effort a D grade.
We estimate, at the current rate of progress, that nearly
one-third of the federal governments mission-critical systems
will not be Year 2000 compliant by the deadline established by the
President of March 30, 1999, Rep. Horn said.