The U.S. Committee on Government Reform and Oversight

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The Committee on Government Reform and Oversight has primary legislative and oversight jurisdiction with respect to the overall economy, efficiency and management of government operations and activities. Pursuant to this authority, the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Tecnology convened an oversight hearing on April 16, 1996, to examine whether computers throughout the Federal Government, the United States, and the world would be able to handle the transition from the year 1999 to the year 2000. The subcommittee has continued this investigation throughout the 105th Congress.

Here follows their latest recommendations, as of October 8, 1998. For the full report, visit the Web page,

Committee Recommendations

1. The President and the Executive Branch of the United States Government Must Approach the Year 2000 Problem with Greater Urgency.

Executive leadership is the key to rectifying the year 2000 problem. Senior executive management in Federal agencies, other levels of government, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations throughout society must make year 2000 efforts a priority. This involves accepting the responsibility, freeing up the necessary resources, and insisting on a timeline for finishing the job before January 1, 2000. This is especially true for the Federal Government. The Federal Government is uniquely positioned to publicize the year 2000 crisis as a national priority and to take a leadership role. The President is the elected leader of the Nation. All efforts to combat the year 2000 problem take their cue from the top.