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Gore PR on Y2k Action Week

From: Rogue Valley Y2k Task Force
The following press release is MOSTLY RHETORIC...

I suggest we mount a letter-writing campaign calling for real action
from the The President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, the SBA, the
Senate Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem posing questions
such as:

1. What efforts are being made by/within the Senate Special Committee
on the Year 2000 Technology Problem, and/or by the President's Year 2000
Conversion Council,
a) to categorize the areas where disruption is most likely to
occur; and in those areas, what is the projected impact
b) to educate, prepare the citizenry and warn them that they may
>face major disruption owing to the potential Y2k problems and that some
of these problems (so diligently being worked on), may not be fully

2. What strategies/initiatives are being developed by the U.S.
Government in tandem with state, county, and city government, private industry, as
well as civic groups to develop, coordinate, and execute specific
contingency plans for the Year 2000, and assure that the the general
populous (and more particularly the elderly, the infirm, and those
unable to properly care for themselves), will not suffer serious consequence
"IF" this problem is not satisfactorily resolved on a national basis?

2b. And if no concrete efforts have been made, when will these
agencies/committees begin to address these areas of concern and execute
solid plans.

In addition, perhaps we should petition Senator Bennett's committee to
hold hearings at which citizen prep groups, and cities (such as Lubbock TX)
who have conducted "trial runs" testify before Congress with the hope of
getting this more into the public eye.

Write and share what you think... .

From: The White House <>
For Immediate Release October 23, 1998


I am calling on America's businesses today to take what they
learned during this week's "National Y2K Action Week" and mount
aggressive efforts to prepare their computers and embedded systems for
the Year 2000 date change.

This week, Federal agencies have given businesses information to
help them overcome the year 2000 (Y2K) computer problem. Working with
the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, the Small Business
Administration, the Commerce Department, and other agencies have held
hundreds of educational and outreach events to help managers of small
and medium-sized businesses meet this enormous challenge. Ads about
National Y2K Action Week ran in over 250 major newspapers and, with
help from the United States Postal Service, promotional materials appeared
in post offices across the country.

Progress on the Y2K problem among businesses is not uniform. For
those getting a late start, access to technical information on
experiences and solutions will be critical. The legislation that
President Clinton signed Monday, which provides legal protections for
information sharing, will help many smaller organizations that are just
beginning their Y2K work. The President and I urge trade associations
and umbrella organizations to collect such information from their
members and provide it to others through websites and other means
devoted to discussing Y2K experiences and solutions.

I congratulate the President's Council, the Small Business
Administration, the Commerce Department, and the other agencies that
have played pivotal roles in this week's events, as well as the more
than 160 national organizations representing industries, professions,
government, and non-profits that worked this week to promote Y2K

While substantial public- and private-sector efforts are underway
to address the Y2K problem, much work remains. I urge businesses and
governments to carry forward the spirit of National Y2K Action Week so
that they will be ready for the year 2000.