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Three Organizations Collaborate To Build on the Unanticipated Benefits from Y2K

GSA # 9647

March 7, 2000
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231
eleni.martin@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. General Services Administration, in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Advisory Board and the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils, published "The Many Silver Linings of the Year 2000 Challenges." The "Silver Linings" report highlights the intangible benefits derived from the massive efforts by governments and industry around the world to meet the Y2K challenge. The report can be found online at http://www.policyworks.gov/intergov.

As a result of the Y2K rollover, governments have completed the largest, most thorough housecleaning ever in the information technology field. The report states that decades-old systems have been laid to rest and that new systems are in place to provide a solid foundation for online electronic commerce and electronic government systems. With new, up-to-date networks in place, governments are in position to take full advantage of the WEB and electronic commerce to streamline their interactions with their employees, business partners and the citizens. The report goes on to say that agency leaders are more aware of the strategic value of information technology and that much tougher standards are in place to control the development of new mission critical systems.

The "Silver Linings" report was compiled by surveying program managers in Federal, International, State, and local governments and asking them to share their experiences and lessons learned in meeting the Year 2000 challenges. For more information, contact Frank McDonough at (202) 501-0291.


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