Government computers will be ready for the millennium, promised US president Bill Clinton yesterday. But 70 per cent of the administration's computers have yet to be converted to handle the date change.
In a speech about proposed celebrations of the turn of the century, Clinton said "we can't have the American people looking to a new millennium with their computers, the very symbol of modernity, holding them back. I want to assure the American people that the federal government, in cooperation with state and local government and the private sector, is taking steps to prevent any interruptions in government services."
In his first direct comments on the Y2K bug, Clinton sounded upbeat, with his officials claiming the federal administration can correct its computers for under $3 billion.
But other sources claim it will be a far more expensive job because the government has started the work too late. A report by the Office of Management and Budget found that 71 per cent of key government computers had not yet been converted.
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