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Jerry P. Becker

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NSF is Y2K Ready
Posted: Dec 23, 1999 1:17 PM
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Contact: Mary Hanson, (703) 306-1070 December 23, 1999
[PS 99-25]
Statement by Linda Massaro, Chief Information Officer
National Science Foundatioin

On Y2K Readiness

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is ready for the year change. We
have to be; the nation's scientists and engineers depend on us. We fund
the nation's basic scientific research at about 2,000 institutions
nationwide - each year handling some 30,000 proposals and conducting about
$3.5 billion worth of electronic financial transactions. As we learned
during the government shutdown of 1996, if our grant-processing machinery
comes to a standstill, people notice. Fortunately, that's highly unlikely
to happen due to Y2K.

All NSF's mission-critical systems were validated as Y2K compliant well
before the federal government's deadline of March 1999. By August 1999, we
had fixed or replaced all non-mission critical systems that were not Y2K
complaint. This means that NSF will be able to process proposals and
administer grants without interruption.

I am happy to say that the nation's search for new knowledge should
continue unimpeded into the Year 2000.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618) 453-4244
Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office)
(618) 457-8903 (home)


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