Brian Dunbar

Headquarters, Washington, DC

(Phone: 202/358-0873)



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

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.

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