Defence runs late on Y2K

The Department of Defence's year 2000 desktop remediation activities are behind schedule.

The department's activities under Project Diary were due for completion at the end of the financial year (see CW, March 5, p1). However, project director Wing Commander Reece Polmear said only 50 per cent of Defence's 50,000 PCs had been corrected, with the remainder due for completion within the next two months.

"The reason [for the delay] is the engineering work has only been going for four months," Polmear said. "The initial surveys and audits took longer than expected."

All Defence sites should be remediated, certified and signed off by October at the latest, Polmear said.

Around 20 uniformed personnel and a dozen contractors are working on Project Diary, which by Polmear's admission is "not as many as he'd like".

Along with the remediation, the department is rolling out a standard operating environment of NT 4.0 and Office 97.

The DoD's entire Y2K budget is believed to be more than $200 million.

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