ERIC Number: ED434565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-17
Reference Count: N/A
Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Significant Risks Remain to Department of Education's Student Financial Aid Systems. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representatives.
Willemssen, Joel C.
This testimony discusses the risks faced by the U.S. Department of Education due to the year 2000 (Y2K) computing crisis, focusing on student financial aid systems, the actions the Department has taken in recent months to address these risks, and the key issues the Department must deal with if its computer systems are to be ready for the century change. The report maintains that the Department faces major risks of Y2K failures severely disrupting the student financial aid delivery process, including delaying disbursements and application processing. Further, because of systems interdependency, repercussions from Y2K-related problems could be felt throughout the student financial aid community--a network that includes students, institutions of higher education, financial organizations, and other government agencies. The testimony notes that while the Department is accelerating its program, it remains in a position of playing catch up due to its late start in implementing a comprehensive Y2K program. The report concludes that the Department must focus on developing appropriate contingency plans to ensure business continuity in the event of key systems failures. An appendix includes a list a related General Accounting Office reports and testimony addressing the Y2K crisis. (MDM)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computers, Contingency Management, Higher Education, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.