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Government Accountability Office, High-Risk Series: Information Management and Technology (GAO/HR-97-9) (Feb. 1997) (full-text).

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This report focuses on major, multi-billion dollar information system development and modernization efforts at the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, and the National Weather Service. These efforts are having serious trouble meeting cost, schedule, and/or performance goals.

The report discuss two government-wide information management issues. The first is information security. Despite the sensitivity and criticality of federal information systems, they are not being adequately protected from unauthorized access. The second issue involves the need to change computer systems so that they can accommodate dates after the year 1999. Unless corrected, computer programs that use dates to perform calculations, comparisons, and sorting may generate incorrect results when working with the years 2000 and beyond.

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