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The Information Technology Association of America is a pretty well respected organization. Sort of a trade group for industrial strength computerists. Their main offices are located in Arlington Virginia, near Washington, where they stay pretty close to the federal government computing pulse. They publish a weekly Y2K update you can get for free. All you have to do is click the link below and fill in a simple form. To give you an idea of the kind of news they print, here's a snip from an article about the headaches the federal government's having contracting good help in dealing with the crisis:

Contractors Ask Feds for Y2K Relief
When it comes to Y2K system fixing, Uncle Sam just can't seem to catch a break. First it was agencies refusing to spend money for the necessary repairs. Now, some federal contractors may be saying "thanks, but no thanks" to the work being offered. In effect, these are Y2K labor contracts that companies cannot afford to accept. As it turns out, fixed labor hour rates, much favored by government agencies, do not work well in a marketplace where wages can jump 20 to 25 percent every six to ten months, according to some firms. With more lucrative state and private sector opportunities beckoning, several IT companies, working in conjunction with ITAA, are asking the General Services Administration (GSA) for relief.

"I can't hire the people to do this work," complains one executive at a systems integration company... Why the margin squeeze? This executive says database professionals once making $60,000 are now expecting upwards of $90,000. Senior program managers are also verging on six figures. Experts in languages like Model 204, Adabase, IDMS and Datacom DB go at a premium too.

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-- Bill (, March 28, 1998

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