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Proposal seeks to move back 'official' New Year's Day


February 1, 1999
Web posted at: 11:02 a.m. EST (1602 GMT)

by Kathleen Ohlson

(IDG) -- As the countdown for Jan. 1, 2000, closes in, some technology professionals may need every precious minute to ensure computer systems won't fail. They will get even more time than they thought if legislation is passed that would change the "official" New Year's Day holiday next year.

Congressmen John Linder (R-Ga.) and David Dreier (R-Calif.) introduced the bill, called H.J. Res. 14, to move the official holiday from Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, to Monday, Jan. 3, 2000.

"Congressional committees have been successfully working to prepare the nation for Y2K, and this is a modest proposal for their consideration," said Rep. Linder in an official statement. "It is not a silver bullet to solve the problem," Linder said. He said the bill, if passed, would allow a 24-hour period for businesses and government agencies to correct any problems that occur.

Linder originally introduced the bill last September, but due to an election year, Congress adjourned in October, said Bill Evans, press secretary for Linder.

While the efforts are good intentioned, one analyst said they probably aren't enough. The proposal for an "extra two days won't do anything," said Kazim Isfahani, an analyst at Giga Information Group in Norwell, Mass. "Legislating the problem away isn't the way to go about it," he said.

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