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Executive Order 97-01
January 9, 1997


WHEREAS, the potential failure of many computer programs and systems due to their inability to process information properly, commencing in the Year 2000, is a serious problem both within state government and private industry; and

WHEREAS, the State of Rhode Island is increasingly dependent upon the reliable performance of its computerized systems and information technology; and

WHEREAS, sequencing of dates, date arithmetic, leap year identification, and date logic are vital to provide proper calculation of ages, benefit payments and payment due dates, among other calculations; and

WHEREAS, corrective action will include rewriting programs, replacing date-affected applications and systems, and renovating existing programs to address the Year 2000 issue; and

WHEREAS, the precise scope and complexity of the problems associated with the Year 2000 issue within state government are as yet unknown; and

WHEREAS, sound public policy requires a full analysis of the scope and cost of resolving the Year 2000 issue to be commenced and completed at the earliest possible time.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LINCOLN C. ALMOND, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby order as follows:

1. The Chief Information Officer for the state is hereby named as coordinator of Year 2000 remediation efforts by state government.

2. The Chief Information Officer shall establish a Year 2000 task force consisting of representatives of the office of information processing and other state entities directly affected by this issue.

3. The Chief Information Officer shall present a report and recommendation to the Governor and Director of Administration on the scope of the problem and options to address it by June 30, 1997. Each option shall contain a cost estimate.

4. All state departments and agencies shall cooperate to the fullest with the Chief Information Officer concerning this issue.

So Ordered:

Lincoln Almond