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Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Time Issues Affecting the Global Positioning System

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[Technical Report, Congressional Testimony]

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United States General Accounting Office

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Thank you for inviting me to participate in todays hearing on the Year 2000 problem and its impact on the Global Positioning System GPS. In addition to being the Department of Defenses primary radio navigation system, GPS has become an integral asset in numerous civilian applications and industries, including emergency services, airlines services, commercial fishing and shipping, corporate vehicle fleet tracking, and surveying. It also plays a critical role in communications networks and, hence, the Internet. The system is affected by both the Year 2000 computing problem and a problem associated with the way the system keeps track of time. 1 Today, I will discuss these two important issues, their potential impact, and the status of remedial efforts.

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  • Navigation and Guidance

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[A, Approved For Public Release]