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Franklin Co. rejects bids for Y2K fix

August 10, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday rejected all the bids it received last week to ready its computers for the year 2000, but the board still expects the glitches to be solved by Sept. 30.

On Thursday the county received three bids ranging from $7,280 to almost $38,000, according to Board Chairman G. Warren Elliott. Management Information Systems Manager Robert Mahoney recommended rejecting the bids because of confusion over software application research.

Mahoney said the list of the approximately 150 software applications used by the county was not available when the bid specifications were first drawn up. He said that may have contributed to the widely varying bids.

"Without the detailed list, it left kind of a gap," Mahoney said. He said the applications are "off-the-shelf" programs such as Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, which should require only minor alterations. A complete list is now available to businesses wanting to bid on the work.

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The county has about 380 computers, most of which will need "patches" to replace files in Windows operating systems to make them Y2K compliant, according to Mahoney. The new bids will be received Tuesday, Aug. 24, he said.

Mahoney said that leaves plenty of time to award a contract and have the work completed before the deadline.

Department heads are supposed to have Y2K contingency plan drafts completed by Sept. 15, followed by a half-day preparedness test on Wednesday, Sept. 22. That day, most county offices will operate without computers from noon to 4 p.m.

All contingency plans are expected to be completed by Thursday, Sept. 20, at which time the county will issue a statement detailing its level of preparedness.

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