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IRS center to be feds' Y2K command center backup

December 30, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Internal Revenue Service operations in Martinsburg will serve as the backup for the federal agency's Y2K command center, IRS officials said Thursday.

The main command center is in New Carrollton, Md., said IRS spokesman Terry Lemons.

Should New Carrollton experience a widespread power outage or other problem beyond the agency's control, the command center will switch over to Martinsburg, Lemons said.

Sixty to 100 of the Martinsburg Computing Center's employees will work at the backup command center on New Year's Eve, said Acting Assistant Director Jim Mitcham. The Martinsburg operation has approximately 1,000 employees.

Nationally, 1,000 to 2,000 IRS employees are working this weekend, Lemons said.

"We've been working on this for three years," Lemons said. "We think we're in good shape for the start of the new year."

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Starting Wednesday the IRS wrapped up tax processing activities and began backing up critical computer systems, Lemons said.

Those computers will remain on an "idle" status until Jan. 1 when they will be brought back to their normal operating status and upgraded with programs for the year 2000 tax filing season, IRS officials said.

Employees at the command center during the weekend will check systems and IRS facilities to make sure things are operational before normal business operations resume on Monday.

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