Senate report updates Y2K readiness

The US is likely to experience "a bump in the road" as a result of the year 2000 computer problem, but other nations remain especially at risk for economic turmoil and civil unrest, according to a report outlined yesterday by members of a US Senate committee created to track preparedness.

"We do not expect that this country will be crippled to the point that there will be disastrous consequences for a long time," said Senator Robert Bennett, chairman of the Senate Committee on the Year 2000 Technical Problem.

However, the committee has identified three areas of ongoing concern: the US health care system overall is not prepared and could be particularly hampered because 80 percent of all ingredients for pharmaceuticals come from non-US sources; some government agencies are not ready; and internationally, some regions are viewed as vulnerable.

South America, Latin America, Africa and Asia in particular could experience economic turmoil as a result of the year 2000 computer problem, committee members said.

The Senate Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem can be reached at

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments