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Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 21, 1999
Contact: CDC Media Relations (404) 639-3286

CDC and ATSDR Complete Successful End-to-End Y2K Testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that successful end-to-end testing has been completed to ensure Y2K readiness for CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and their partners.

Six systems were identified for end-to-end testing to ensure public confidence. Three of the systems were disease surveillance and reporting systems and the other three support financial payment information.

Testing of these systems was performed during May and July and all systems tested successfully. An independent team observed the testing and verified the results.

"We coordinated testing with CDC partners for data being received as well as for reports and data being sent," said James Seligman, Director, Information Resources Management Office, "and we are confident that there is low risk of Y2K failures associated with data exchanges in the new millennium for the agency."

To accomplish this end-to-end testing, CDC carefully reviewed the inventory of information systems in the context of: 1) systems with external data exchanges, 2) disease surveillance systems that are time-sensitive, and 3) other systems that support major financial payments and/or other critical resources.

In March, the President's Council for Y2K Conversion and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) charged federal agencies to ensure that "high impact" federal programs work end-to-end into the new millennium. These systems must function as designed including all data exchanges and processes with private entities, local and state governments, and other federal agencies.


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