Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug, 17 Years Later

Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug, 17 Years Later, by Justin Sink.

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.

“We’re looking for stuff everyone agrees is a complete waste of time,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at the White House. …

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. Officials at the agency estimate the changes could save tens of thousands of man-hours across the federal government.

Seriously? For 17 years lots of people have been filling out forms to do with the Y2K bug (which occasionally occurred when computer clocks went from year 1999 to 2000), and no one just got rid of it? No one in government is ever held accountable, and presumably it was less work for any individual to let it go on than to eliminate it. Sigh.

It took a businessman as President to get rid of it? There is something so epic in its wastefulness about bureaucracy.

hat-tip Charles