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Brian Dunbar Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-0873)


Dec. 20, 1999


Reporters covering the transition of U.S. information systems and infrastructure into the Year 2000 will be able to receive status reports from NASA overnight on Dec. 31, 1999, and on Jan. 1, 2000.

The NASA Y2K Coordination and Communications Team, located at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, will issue status reports electronically. To receive the updates, reporters should subscribe to the NASA press- release listserve by following the instructions at:

Status reports will also be posted to the NASA Headquarters File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server, which Internet users can reach in two ways. The World Wide Web URL

will take users to an index of status reports.

Status reports will also be available directly via FTP. Internet users should log on to, giving their user name as "anonymous". Reports will be posted in the directory /pub/pao/statrpt/1999/y2K.

Status reports will also be available through NASA's voicemail system by calling 202/358-1445.

NASA expects to issue several status reports between late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, depending on events. Updates will be issued after 5 p.m. EST Saturday only if events warrant.

Reporters should note that New Year's Day, normally a federal holiday, falls on Saturday this year. Therefore,

the federal government will be closed on Friday, New Year's Eve, to mark the holiday. NASA newsrooms will not open that day, nor during the transition. Normal business hours will resume Monday, Jan. 3.

Reporters wishing to cover the transition of the U.S. government should contact the White House Y2K Information Coordination Center at 202/456-7010. Background on the overall federal Y2K effort is available on the Internet at:

Background on NASA and Y2K can be found on the Internet at the Chief Information Officer's Y2K Home Page:

and in a list of Frequently Asked Questions at:

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NOTE TO TV PRODUCERS: B-roll of the NASA team conducting a Y2K drill in November 1999 is available from NASA Television. Call Ray Castillo at 202/358-4555 or Amanda Rockwell at 202/358-0016 to arrange a downlink.