Feds on guard against Feb. 29 code glitches

Feds on guard against Feb. 29 code glitches

Agencies are bracing for one last significant round of system monitoring as they watch for leap year date code glitches.

Buoyed by the success of year 2000 fixes, agency officials said they are confident that Feb. 29 will trigger few if any problems. Most organizations are stepping up their systems monitoring to some degree, but few are doing the all-out systems watch they did for the New Year's Eve rollover.

Some observers fear that systems may not recognize the Feb. 29 date. The last leap day that occurred in a year ending in 00 was in 1600. The concern is that some year 2000 fixes did not account for the leap year factor.

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