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Subject: President Clinton
/ Vice President Gore on Y2K problem
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998
To: Talk 2000 Recipients <email@example.com>
Transcripts of President Clinton and VP Gore speaking on the Y2K problem (at the National Academy of Sciences on July 14th) are available online at the US Info Agency site:
14 July 1998
CLINTON SEEKS INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO FIX YEAR 2000 PROBLEM
By Jim Fuller
USIA Science Writer
Washington -- President Clinton says that the year 2000 computer problem affects organizations and countries around the world and encouraged businesses and other governments to make sure their computer systems are ready for the new millennium.
Clinton, joined by Vice President Gore, told business leaders and scientists at the National Academy of Sciences July 14 that the computer problem -- referred to as the "Millennium Bug" -- is a "vivid and powerful reminder of the ways we are growing ever-more interdependent," and that no government acting alone can meet this new challenge of the Information Age.
In his remarks, Clinton called the year 2000 problem one of the most complex management challenges in history, cited several initiatives to deal with the problem, and reviewed the federal government's efforts to prepare critical systems for the year 2000 date change.
The year 2000 problem refers to the fact that many computers that use the last two digits of a year to keep track of the date will, on January 1, 2000, recognize "double zero" not as 2000 but as 1900. This glitch could cause them to stop running or to start generating erroneous data.
The problem not only affects mainframe computers and their programs, but also personal computers and every piece of hardware that contains a microchip, including such things as manufacturing control systems, electrical utilities, stock markets and national defense systems. Computer experts warn that when 2000 arrives, many countries could face widespread power outages, transportation foul-ups and telecommunications failures.
Clinton said that since the problem could affect thousands of millions of microchips that run everything from farm equipment to video cassette recorders, it is not something that can be solved by a single government program or "an easy fix."
"It is a complex test that requires us all to work together -- every government agency, every university, every hospital, every business, large and small," he added.
Clinton said that the United States also has a role to play in helping to solve the problem around the world, emphasizing that since U.S. prosperity is tied to the well-being of other nations, "it would obviously have adverse consequences for us here at home if a number of our trading partners had major malfunctions."
Gore, in his remarks, reiterated that the problem represented an international challenge. "In a world with hundreds of different languages, the way in which our computers speak to one another across national boundaries drives our markets, our jobs and our future."
Clinton said he has discussed the year 2000 problem with heads of state at both the G-8 Summit in Birmingham, England, and the Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile, and found that a number of countries had "literally only begun just to think about the problem."
Clinton announced that the United States will provide $12 million to support the World Bank's efforts to increase awareness of the year 2000 problem in developing countries. The World Bank is scheduled to hold 20 regional conferences on the problem.
Clinton also reported that the Council on the Year 2000 Conversion -- created by the president last February to coordinate the government's efforts to increase awareness of the problem -- worked closely with the United Nations on the draft of a recently passed U.N. resolution that calls on all member states to act on the year 2000 problem.
The president's council, headed by John Koskinen, former deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, will launch a national campaign later this month on year 2000 solutions -- promoting public- and private-sector partnerships to take action on the problem and fostering information-sharing solutions.
Clinton also said his administration will propose so-called "Good Samaritan" legislation designed to promote a more open sharing of year-2000 related information among businesses. The proposed legislation protects businesses that share information on year 2000 solutions, or information on whether a product is year 2000 compliant, from liability claims based on the sharing of that information.
But Clinton warned that there are still "gaping holes" in both business and government sector efforts to deal with the year 2000 problem. The president has set a goal for all federal government agencies to be year 2000 compliant by March 1999.
"Far too many businesses, especially small- and medium-sized firms, will not be ready unless they begin to act," he said. "A recent Wells Fargo Bank survey shows that of the small businesses that even know about the problem, roughly half intend to do nothing about it."
Clinton estimated that the worldwide cost to fix the year 2000 problem would run into tens or even hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars. Economist Ed Yardeni has estimated that there is a 35 percent chance of a global recession because some businesses will be unable to deal with the problem.
"No one will ever find every embedded microchip, every line of code that needs to be rewritten," Clinton said. "But if companies, agencies and organizations...understand the threat and have backup plans, then we will meet this challenge."
Clinton's address: http://www.usia.gov/current/news/topic/global/98071402.ggi.html?/products/washfi le/newsitem.shtml
Gore on challenge of fixing y2k problem: http://www.usia.gov/current/news/topic/global/98071501.ggi.html?/products/washfi le/newsitem.shtml
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