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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it would eliminate dozens of paperwork requirements for federal agencies, including an obscure rule that requires them to continue providing updates on their preparedness for a bug that afflicted some computers at the turn of the century. As another example, the Pentagon will be freed from a requirement that it file a report every time a small business vendor is paid, a task that consumed some 1,200 man-hours every year. ... Seven of the more than 50 paperwork requirements the White House eliminated on Thursday dealt with the Y2K bug, according to a memo OMB released.

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Y2K was the biggest nothingburger ever.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-16 12:02 PM | Reply

Not as big as a bunch of leaches still living off of it.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-06-16 01:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Y2K was succeed by a republican coup of the federal government. It has been downhill ever since.

Maybe 2000 really was the beginning of the end.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-06-16 06:30 PM | Reply

umm the implications of this are a bit weird, in that our government still uses computers from the 20th century.

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-06-16 07:02 PM | Reply

Its just another stupid nothingness

#5 | Posted by blake914 at 2017-06-16 08:18 PM | Reply

Is Microsoft still even supporting Windows '95? And when is Netscape going to issue an update? My modem is so slow! Government concerns through 2016

#6 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2017-06-17 05:41 AM | Reply

"As another example, the Pentagon will be freed from a requirement that it file a report every time a small business vendor is paid, a task that consumed some 1,200 man-hours every year."

thanks but no thanks, I'd much prefer that every time a vendor is paid the Pentagon reports it. Let me explain something to you all, that article is the biggest pile of crap every left by the biggest dog that ever stumbled onto this site. Complete garbage, utter nonsense. Pile of crap.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-17 08:00 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Y2K was the biggest nothingburger ever.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-16 12:02 PM | Reply

Y2K was a nothingburger because people prepared for it, to the tune of $300B. Your statement sounds an awful lot like saying "Smallpox is a nothingburger, why no one has died of it in decades" while ignoring the vaccine that prevented the disease from spreading.

Not as big as a bunch of leaches still living off of it.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-06-16 01:12 PM | Reply

Which leeches are still living off of Y2K? If your implication is that someone is making big money over a requirement to provide an update on Y2K preparedness, I think you are overestimating what that report might look like. Assuming anyone bothered to continue reporting it, I'm certain they simply copied the last report and sent it. More likely, people simply stopped reporting it, no one noticed, and since it isn't causing any additional work for anyone, no one bothered to go back and get the requirement removed. These kinds of things exist in every large organization. It's great to remove them, but there isn't any money getting saved here. Wait, here it is in the article:

"The agency didn't provide an estimate of how much time is currently spent on Y2K paperwork, but Linda Springer, an OMB senior adviser, acknowledged that it isn't a lot since those requirements are already often ignored in practice."

umm the implications of this are a bit weird, in that our government still uses computers from the 20th century.

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-06-16 07:02 PM | Reply

I think you're reading a bit much into this. See my reply to Sniper above. It also shouldn't surprise you if there are some computers from the 20th century in use in the government, as there are in many university labs and even some large corporations. Quite often, there are pieces of equipment that are still very useful, but can only be controlled by older computers - they require a special interface, or the company that wrote the software went out of business and therefore didn't update it for modern operating systems. It's simply more expensive than it's worth to try and replace as long as the machines still work. Some of the government offices I've been in still have desks from the 50s.

#8 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2017-06-17 09:37 AM | Reply

Seems to me sta that the Y2K was just a big scare and nothing happened so why should we still be studying it? WTF does that have to do with desks from the 50s?

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-06-17 01:10 PM | Reply

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