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White House creates new center for Y2K bug

With less than 200 days left until the turn of the century, the White House creates a new center for addressing the Year 2000 technology problem.

With less than 200 days left until the turn of the century, the White House has created a new center for addressing the Year 2000 technology problem.

The Information Coordination Center will assist the Chair of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, John Koskinen, in addressing Year 2000 conversion problems both domestically and internationally, and will be part of the General Services Administration, according to a policy statement from the White House.

Back to Year 2000 Index Page At the direction of the chair, the ICC will assist in making preparations for information sharing and coordination within the federal government and key components of the public and private sectors, coordinating agency assessments of Y2K emergencies that could have an adverse affect on U.S. interests at home and abroad, and, if necessary, assisting federal agencies and the chair in reconstitution processes where appropriate.

"The ICC is the council's arm for collecting information on how systems handle Y2K," said Jack Gribben, spokesman for the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion. "It will gather information from not only government agencies, but industry and the international community as the Year 2000 approaches."

The new body consists of officials from executive agencies, designated by agency heads under subsection, who have expertise in important management and technical areas, computer hardware, software or security systems, recon-stitution and recovery, and additional personnel hired directly or by contract, as required.

The ICC will work with the Council and the Office of Management and Budget to assure that federal efforts to restore critical systems are coordinated with efforts managed by federal agencies acting under existing emergency response authorities.

Koskinen has appointed retired Army Lieutenant General Peter Kind as director of the ICC. Kind has broad experience in communications, computer, acquisition, logistics, and maintenance support. He was the U.S. Army's Director of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications, and Information Systems from 1992 to 1994.

In other news, the Senate today is expected to take up the "Y2K Act"--legislation that looks to limit lawsuits arising from the Year 2000 technology problem.

Two alternative measures to the "Y2K Act" by Senate Democrats have been defeated, marking the first casualties in an ongoing debate surrounding a bill that looks to limit lawsuits caused by the Year 2000 technology problem.