Contingency Planning: GAO/SSA Guides : LUSENET : Millennium Salons : One Thread

Harlan Smith wrote:

"Contingency plans are necessary to tell people what they should do, other than mill around, when the system they normally work with is broke. Usually, or at least often, nothing can be defined for them to do that will allow them to perform "essential mission functions". That is often a "false hope". A leader in contingency planning is SSA. One perhaps can get the flavor of understanding what can be done by reading"

As Harlan said, it's a good brief article. Eventually (in a confusing way), it leads to these places...

GSA'a main y2k directory.

SSA contingency planning guide.

The General Accounting Office's Business Continuity and Contingency Planning Guide is available at

A related tool (on the front end of the process) is the GAO's report: Year 2000 Computing Crisis: An Assessment Guide. It is available at

The GAO reports are pdf files. You will need Adobe Acrobat reader to view or print them. If you don't have Acrobat Reader (or would like to upgrade to the latest version) you can get a free copy at

(All of these URLs are "live links" by the way. Clicking on them will download the GAO reports, and using your browser's Back button or Go menu will return you to this thread from the other addresses.)

-- Bill (, June 06, 1998

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