CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Within about three months, Franklin County should know whether the turn of the millenium will be a headache for its government.
The County Commissioners hired a consultant on Tuesday to examine its computers for the so-called millenium problem.
RBA Professional Data Systems of State College, Pa., won the contract with a low bid of $4,780. Two other companies, Sunrise Computers of Chambersburg and Knowledge Soft Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Pa., also submitted proposals.
Within the next three weeks, the inspection of the county's approximately 185 computers will begin, according to Brian Kelly, an administrative assistant in the commissioners' office.
The county also has about six file servers that connect personal computers, Kelly said.
Many computer systems could fail on Jan. 1, 2000, because they are not programmed to recognize the change of centuries.
According to Kelly, RBA will be looking at both the software and hardware of the mostly desktop personal computers. Kelly said the survey is expected to take about 60 days.