THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release
October 23, 1998
STATEMENT OF VICE PRESIDENT GORE
I am calling on America's businesses today to take what they
learned during this week's "National Y2K Action Week" and mount
aggressive efforts to prepare their computers and embedded systems for
the Year 2000 date change.
ON NATIONAL Y2K ACTION WEEK
This week, Federal agencies have given businesses information to
help them overcome the year 2000 (Y2K) computer problem. Working with
the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, the Small Business
Administration, the Commerce Department, and other agencies have held
hundreds of educational and outreach events to help managers of small
and medium-sized businesses meet this enormous challenge. Ads about
National Y2K Action Week ran in over 250 major newspapers and, with help from the United States Postal Service, promotional materials appeared in post offices across the country.
Progress on the Y2K problem among businesses is not uniform. For
those getting a late start, access to technical information on
experiences and solutions will be critical. The legislation that
President Clinton signed Monday, which provides legal protections for
information sharing, will help many smaller organizations that are just
beginning their Y2K work. The President and I urge trade associations
and umbrella organizations to collect such information from their
members and provide it to others through websites and other means
devoted to discussing Y2K experiences and solutions.
I congratulate the President's Council, the Small Business
Administration, the Commerce Department, and the other agencies that
have played pivotal roles in this week's events, as well as the more
than 160 national organizations representing industries, professions,
government, and non-profits that worked this week to promote Y2K action.
While substantial public- and private-sector efforts are underway
to address the Y2K problem, much work remains. I urge businesses and
governments to carry forward the spirit of National Y2K Action Week so
that they will be ready for the year 2000.