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 Y2K Computer Bug
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What Can You Do?
Your Computer
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Advice for the Big Night
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How the Clock Works
The Y2K countdown clock that appears above is based on the clock on your computer or network. As the official timekeeper of the United States, the Naval Observatory Time Service Department maintains accurate atomic clocks. It hosts a site that lets you check the time and determine the accuracy of your system clock (requires a Java-enabled browser).

Latest Story
Y2K Glitch For Lawyers: Few Lawsuits
Accounts of the largely triumphant campaign to quash the Y2K computer glitch must include a visit to the cluttered Philadelphia home office of Ronald N. Weikers.
Full coverage of the Y2K rollover

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January 5, 2000
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January 3, 2000
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January 2, 2000
Hard Work Made Y2K a Nonevent
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January 1, 2000
Praise for Y2K Efforts
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Computers Pass the Test
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Utilities Experience No Big Shocks
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December 30, 1999
Y2K Programmers Get a Bit of a Respite
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December 29, 1999
Consumers Clamor for Y2K Information
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Work Separates Some Couples on Big Night
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Common Sense in the Medicine Cabinet
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December 28, 1999
Russia Missile Forces Pass Y2K Test
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December 27, 1999
As Jan. 1 Nears, Doomsayers Reconsider
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December 26, 1999
Confident Officials Add Y2K Staff--Just in Case
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December 23, 1999
Agency to Review Y2K Patent
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Md. Unveils $4.5 Million Y2K Disaster Center
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December 22, 1999
Russia Puts Air Traffic Backup Plan in Place

Prince George's County: We're Ready
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December 21, 1999
Md. Courts Make Y2K Backup Plans
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Government Warning About Y2K Hackers
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Most 911 Call Centers Say They Are Ready
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December 19, 1999
Area Prepares For Potential Y2K Trouble
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December 17, 1999
A Y2K Patent Fortune Pending?
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Energy Dept. Says Utilities Are Ready
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December 16, 1999
Smiling in the Face of Millennial Madness
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Y2K? Don't Panic; Be Prudent
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December 10, 1999
Find Some Y2Komfort at Home
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As Y2K Looms, Italy Takes Its Time Preparing
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December 9, 1999
D.C. Pulls Out All Stops for Last Y2K Drill
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November 30, 1999
Pentagon's Computer Woes Cause Backlog for Security Checks
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November 25, 1999
It's the Sale of the Millennium
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November 23, 1999
Y2K Critic Gives U.S. a B-Plus
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November 18, 1999
Y2K Repair Bill: $100 Billion
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November 16, 1999
White House's Y2K Center Hopes for Calm
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November 15, 1999
Manassas Park Ready for Millennium
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November 11, 1999
No Major National Y2K Breakdowns Expected
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November 8, 1999
Y2K 'Slowdown' Narrowly Felt
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November 2, 1999
U.S. Airports Seem Safe for Y2K
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November 1, 1999
Y2K Is Not Bugging Everyone in China
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  • The National Bulletin Board for Year 2000 is one of the most comprehensive Y2K forums and information sources.
  • A private consultant hosts the Year 2000 Information Center as a clearinghouse for updates, discussions and other Y2K information.
  • A New York online publisher provides strategic analysis in Westergaard Year 2000.
  • The Tennessee-based Trades Publishing Co. publishes Y2K News, magazine with up-to-date Y2K news from around the world.


  • The Information Technology Association of America publishes a comprehensive private-sector site with vendor directories, certification programs and other information.
  • The President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion includes a comprehensive industry sector survey.
  • The President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion's Consumer Affairs Working Group publishes information on consumer-related products.
  • Using analysis from Triaxsys Research LLC, Washingtonpost.com created a searchable database of public companies.
  • Bank of America
  • First Union

    Federal Government

  • The President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion coordinates the federal Y2K response. This site offers speeches, testimony and other reports.
  • In the Senate, the Special Committee on Year 2000 Technology Problem handles most Y2K legislation.
  • In the House, the Banking Committee and the Science Committee's Technology Subcommittee track most Y2K legislation.
  • The White House's Office of Management and Budget releases quarterly reports about federal agencies tackling Y2K glitches.
  • The General Accounting Office (GAO) publishes studies about Y2K readiness.
  • The General Service Administration maintains the U.S. Federal Government Gateway for Year 2000 to search agency Y2K sites and international sources.

    Local Governments

    District of Columbia:
  • Washington D.C. Year 2000 Working Group


  • Maryland Year 2000 Program Management Office
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Bowie
  • Calvert County
  • Charles County
  • Gaithersburg
  • Howard County
  • Montgomery County
  • Prince George’s County
  • Rockville
  • Takoma Park


  • Virginia Century Date Change Initiative
  • Alexandria
  • Arlington County
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    Water and Utilities:

  • Pepco
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  • Fairfax County Water Authority
  • Virginia-American Water Company
  • Alexandria Sanitation Authority
  • Loudoun County Sanitation Authority Transportation:
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)


  • The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments serves as a clearinghouse for local governments.
  • The Virginia Department of Information Technology maintains a site for companies that do business with the state.
  • The National Association of Counties operates a clearinghouse for local officials.

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