Y2K Command Center to Close March 31

The White House's Y2K center will close for good on March 31. The skeleton staff that remains, mostly federal employees borrowed from other agencies, will head back to their old jobs and the $8 million in hardware and software set up to track Y2K glitches will be used to deal with future disasters.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget has decided to turn over the center's computer equipment to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its use, according to an OMB spokesperson.

The federal government's Y2K monitoring and coordination effort cost approximately $50 million. Over New Year's weekend, the center had some 200 people working there from the federal government and private sector, along with a large number of news media representatives. The center's last significant project was monitoring the leap year date rollover.

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