Year 2000 Technology Crisis Conference: 
Local, National, & Global Concerns ~ What 
Further Actions Are Needed?

 Monday, July 26 through Thursday, July 29, 1999

 Funger Hall (Room 103 Auditorium), 2201 G Street NW
The George Washington University

The George Washington University Y2K Group arranged a four and a half day conference beginning on July 26 and continuing through to July 30 at 1 PM.

All plenary sessions of the conference except for the evening panel program of July 28 were held in Funger Hall (Room 103 ~ Auditorium) The George Washington University, 2201 G Street NW (22nd and G Sts. NW) Washington, DC

TOPICS COVERED DURING THE CONFERENCE INCLUDE:

The Scope of the Threats and Challenges of the Y2K and Embedded Systems Crisis

Y2K ~ Health and Quality of Life Issues

Y2K ~ Environmental and Public Health and Safety Issues

Embedded Systems ~ Key to Understanding the Seriousness of Y2K: Understanding the Threats Posed by the Malfunctioning of Embedded Systems

Community and Emergency Preparedness Efforts

Y2K and Global Impacts

Social and Psychological Aspects of Y2K

Y2K and the Media

The Roles that International Organizations and Other Agencies are playing in Addressing the Y2K and Embedded Systems Crisis

Political and Policy Analysis of U.S. and Global Efforts in Addressing the Y2K and Embedded Systems Crisis

Y2K and Nuclear Power Plant Safety Issues in the U.S., Russia, Japan, and Eastern Europe

Y2K & Universities

A Report on the 7/29/99 Hearings concerning the recently established Information Coordination Center (ICC) of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion

Sector Analysis Presentations on Maritime/Ports/Tankers, Energy ~ Oil and Gas Pipelines, International Health Concerns, Health Industry, Water, and Food Supply and Distribution


Monday, July 26, Day 1



8:15 AM: Introductory Remarks:  Paula Gordon,  Director of Special Projects, Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, George Washington University

9:20 AM:   Panel: The Scope of the Threats and Challenges of Y2K and the Embedded Systems Crisis:  What More Needs to Be Done?  What More Can Be Done?
 

Moderator:

Stuart Umpleby, Professor, Department of Management Science and Director, Research Program in Social and   Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
 

Panelists: 

John V. McIsaac, President & CEO,  Market Partners, Inc, Philadelphia

Paula Gordon, Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, George Washington University

Karl H. Müeller, head of the Departments of Political Science and Sociology at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria
 

Media Questioners:

Gail Evra,  Producer-in-charge of Y2K Coverage, Moneyline News Hour, CNN

David Franke,  World Net Daily
 

12:30 to 1:30 PM  LUNCH

1:30 - 3:30 PM:   Panel:  "Y2K Health and Quality of Life Issues"
 

Moderator/Panelist:

Margaret Anderson, Director of Policy, Center for Y2K & Society
 

Panelists:

Lois Saboe, Center for Y2K and Society.  Antonio Hernandez, Pan American Health Organization (invited)
 

3:30 - 3:45 PM:   Break

3:45 - 5:15 PM:   Panel: Y2K Environmental and Public Health and Safety Issues in the US:  Additional Actions Needed
 

Moderator: 

Paula Gordon, Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
 

Panelists:

Lois Epstein, Environmental Defense Fund

Erik Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council

Mary Olson, Nuclear Information Resource Center

Chemical Industry Safety ~ Kathy Franklin

Occupational Health & Safety ~ Mike Marshall,  Office of Industry Compliance, U.S. Occupational Health & Safety
Administration (Invited)
 


Tuesday, July 27, 1999, Day 2



Morning Plenary Session

8 - 9:20  AM:  Panel: Embedded Systems ~ Key to Understanding the Seriousness of Y2K
 

Moderator:

Paula Gordon,  Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
 

Panelists: 

Gary Fisher, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Bhupendra Patel, Executive Vice President, Century Corporation

Mark A. Frautschi, Consultant, Shakespeare and Tao Consulting
 

Disscusant:

Stuart Umpleby, Professor, Department of Management Science, GWU
 

9:20 AM - 12:30 PM:  Panel: Status of Global Efforts ~ What More Needs to Be Done?
 

Moderator:

Stuart Umpleby, Professor, Department of Management Science, GWU
 

Panel Keynoter:

The Honorable Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, Inspector General, U.S. State Department
 

Panelists: 

John McPhee, U.S. Department of Commerce (invited)

Joyce Amenta,  Y2K Program Director, World Bank/InfoDev

Bruce W. McConnell, Director, International Y2K Cooperation Center (IY2KCC)

Karl H. Müeller, head of the Departments of Political Science and Sociology at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria
 

Discussant:

Paula Gordon,  Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University

Richard Kerby, United Nations Development Program
 

Media Questioners:

Gail Evra,  Producer-in-charge of Y2K Coverage, Moneyline News Hour, CNN

David Franke,  World Net News
 

Closing Comments:

Harlan Cleveland, President, World Academy of Arts and Sciences and former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
 

12:30 - 1:15  PM  Lunch

Sector Analysis Presentations

1:30 - 2: 15 PM:   Maritime/Ports/Tankers: Rear Admiral George Naccara
 

Presenter:

Commander David Rounde, United States Coast Guard
 

2:00  - 3:30  PM: Chemical and Other High Risk Safety Issues

3:30 -  3:45  PM:  Break

3:45 - 4: 45 PM:  International Health Concerns
 

Presenter:

Antonio Hernandez, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
 

4:45 - 5:15 PM:  Chemical Safety Concerns
 

Presenter:

Kathy Franklin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 

5:15 -  6:00 PM:  Health Industry Concerns
 

Presenter:

Margaret Anderson, Director of Policy, Center for Y2K and Society
 


Wednesday, July 28, Day 3




8:00 - 8:45 AM:  Video Excerpts of a Press Briefing by Ed Yourdon and Paula Gordon, March 25, 1999

8:45 - 9:30 AM:  Presentation:  Y2K and Nuclear Power Plant Safety Issues in Russia, Japan, and Eastern Europe
 

Presenter:

Mary Olson, Nuclear Information Resource Service
 

9:30 - 9:45 AM: Break

Sector Analysis Presentations

9:45 - 10:45 AM:  Water
 

Presenters:

Erik Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council 

Russ Kelly, Y2K author (www.russkelly.com
 

10:45 - 11:30 AM:  Food Supply and Distribution:
 

Presenters:

Charles Riemenschneider, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), United Nations

Anne Reed,  CIO, US Department of Agriculture and Chair, President's Council Food Supply Working Group

Jennifer Hatcher, Food Marketing Institute
 

11:30 - 12:30 PM:  Energy ~ Oil and Gas Pipelines
 

Presenters:

Kendra Martin, American Petroleum Institute

Lois Epstein, Environmental Defense Fund

Patrice Kaufman, Y2K author and researcher
 

12:30 - 1:30 PM:  Lunch

1:30 - 3:15 PM:  Panel on Community Preparedness
 

Moderator:

Phillip Bogdonoff, Center for Y2K & Society

Panelists:

Michael Nolan, City Administrator, Norfolk, Nebraska 

Lois Saboe, Center for Y2K & Society

Jay Golter, Northern Virginia Year 2000 Community Action Group NOVA Y2K

Canon Carter Echols, Washington National Cathedral
 

Discussants:

Paula Gordon Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University

Patrice Kaufman, Co-author, "Y2K - It's Not Too Late: Complete Preparedness Guide"
 

3:15 - 3:30 PM:  Break

3:30 - 5:30 PM:  Panel on Y2K, Emergency Preparedness Planning and Implementation
 

Moderator:

Phillip Bogdonoff, Center for Y2K & Society

Panelists:

Joseph Licata, Emergency Management Coordinator, Fort Lee, New Jersey

Lt. Ronald Orso, Fort Lee New Jersey Police Department

Robert Chartrand, Senior Information Specialist on Emergency Preparedness

Jay Golter, Northern Virginia Year 2000 Community Action Group NOVA Y2K

Douglas Kinney, Crisis Management Team Leader, National Foreign Affairs Training Center, U.S. Department of State (invited)
 

Discussant:

Michael Nolan, City Administrator, Norfolk, Nebraska

Paula Gordon,  Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington  University
 

6:00 - 9:00 PM:  Reception and Panel on Y2K ~ Nuclear Power Plant Safety at The Washington Post, 9th Floor, Community Room, 1150 15th Street, NW (15th and L Streets, NW), Washington, DC
 


Thursday, July 29, Day 4




8:30 - 9:30 AM:  Presentation:  "Maintaining Public Confidence in Year 2000"
 

Speaker:

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.,  Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
 

9:30 - 11 AM:  Panel:  Social and Psychological Aspects of Y2K
 

Moderator:

Stuart Umpleby, Professor, Department of Management Science, GWU
 

Panelists:

Dr. Jerrold Post, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology and International Affairs, GW University

Phillip Bogdonoff, Center for Y2K & Society

Paula Gordon Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, GWU
 

11:15 - 12:15 PM: Panel: Y2K and Universities
 

Moderator:

Gayle C. Willman, MIT Year 2000 Team, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 

Panelists:

Stuart Umpleby, Professor, Department of Management Science, GWU
 

12: 15 - 1:45 PM: Networking Luncheon in the Marvin Center 

1:45 - 2:45 PM:  Panel: Y2K and the Media
 

Moderator:

Stuart Umpleby, Professor, Department of Management Science and Director, Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
 

Panelists:

Phillip Hay,  Media Relations Manager,  The World Bank

Professor Tony Bryan, University of Miami (invited)

David Franke, WorldNetDaily
 

Discussant:

Paula Gordon,  Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
 

2:15 - 3:45 PM:  Report on 7/29/99 Hearing on the Information Coordination Center, recently established by the President's
Council on Year 2000 Conversion

3:45 - 4 PM:  Break

4:00 - 6 PM:   Panel:  The Roles International Organizations and Other Agencies are Playing in Addressing the Y2K and Embedded Systems Crisis and the Roles They Might Play
 

Moderator: 

Bruce W. McConnell, Director, International Y2K Cooperation Center (IY2KCC)
 

Panelists:

Charles Riemenschneider, Food & Agricultural Organization (UN)

John O'Keefe, Special Representative for Y2K, US Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State

Antonio Hernandez, Pan American Health Organization

Rachel Williams, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (invited)

Herbert Mc'loud, United Nations Development Program
 

Discussant:

Paula Gordon,  Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
 


Friday, July 30, Day 5




9:00 - 9:30  AM:  Discussion:   Political and Policy Analysis of U.S. and Global Efforts in Addressing the Y2K and Embedded Systems Crisis
 

Discussants:

Paula Gordon,  Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University

Dennis Grabow, President, Millennium Investments Corporation (invited)
 

9:30 - 11 AM:  Reports of highlights and recommendations from Keynote and other Presentations and Plenary and Breakout Panels

11 - 11:15 AM: Break

11:15 - 1 PM:   Summary Panel and Comments from the Floor
 

Moderator:

Stuart Umpleby, Professor, Department of Management Science and Director, Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
 

Panelists:

Paula Gordon,  Director of Special Projects,  Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University

Dennis Grabow, President, Millennium Investments Corporation (invited)

Michael Nolan,  City Administrator, Norfolk, Nebraska

Phillip Bogdonoff, Director, Center for Y2 & Society