Date code work on SBA systems is on schedule, agency official says

The Small Business Administration is on track to have its mission-critical systems
ready for the millennium, SBA Deputy Administrator Fred Hochberg told a House committee
this month.


“As of May, more than 80 percent of SBA’s mission-critical systems have been
renovated, validated and corrections have been implemented—well ahead of our targeted
goals,’’ Hochberg told members of the House Small Business Committee.


SBA is scheduled to begin year 2000 testing by the first quarter of next year.


SBA has done relatively well on Rep. Steve Horn’s (R-Calif.) report card. SBA
earned a B over the last three quarterly reports [GCN, June 15, Page 8]. The
Office of Management and Budget also put SBA in its top performers group.


SBA has launched an informational campaign to raise general awareness of the year 2000
problem. “SBA’s year 2000 awareness efforts actually began in 1996 when we
realized that, in order to better serve small businesses, we should improve our own
internal computer protections,’’ Hochberg said.  

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