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Date: Sun, 12 Apr 1998 12:00:19 -0700
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To: CFCSEIC, Readers of Comp.Lang.Ada, and Team-Ada
From: Bob Leif, Ph.D.

Below are described the necessity for paying premium salaries "to attract
and retain programmers familiar with COBOL and FORTRAN". This generates the
question, Has anyone found a Y2k, year 2000, problem in Ada? It would be of
significant use to obtain statistics on the existence of these problems.
Even if no Y2k problems are found in Ada, there still will be costs because
it is prudent to check for them.

My second question is, If significant year Y2k problems are found in a
project written in a language other than Ada during the Ada mandate period,
is DoD taking any action to hold anyone responsible for these added costs?
And lastly, Did any of the software vendors on these projects make any
warranty expressly or implied that the language selected was appropriate
for the project?

CFCSEIC published in Comp.Lang.Ada:

Topic:  Y2k

According to an article in the Apr. 6 edition of Federal Computer Week,
the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that it would let
agencies supplement the salaries of programmers working on Y2k projects, and
waive rules that limit salaries of retired programmers who return to
government work.  Programmers who are doing work that is considered
necessary to avert threats to life or property, including monetary
losses, would be eligible for "premium pay".  Agencies who obtain OPM
permission would be able to hire back retirees for programming jobs at
full pay.  OPM's new policy is designed to attract and retain programmers
familiar with COBOL and FORTRAN.  According to a Senate Governmental
Affairs Committee aide, lawmakers are hoping that the agencies will use
the "flexibilities" offered by the new policy to help address the Y2k
problem.  Olga Grkavac, a Sr. V.P. with the Information Technology
Association of America's System Integration Division, believes that OPM's
decision sends "a powerful message that a potential emergency is at
hand", but feels "this move may be too little too late."  According to
OPM, the new policy for hiring retirees applies only to retired civilian
workers or regular military officers, not to military enlisted personnel
or reserve officers."