LMIBS and the LCCC Year 2000 (Y2K) Readiness
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training
Washington, D. C. 20210
December 10, 1999
December 31, 2000
PROGRAM LETTER NO. 08-00
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES
GRACE A. KILBANE
Unemployment Insurance Service
Lockheed Martin Integrated Business Solutions (LMIBS) and the Louisiana Claims Control Center (LCCC) Year 2000 (Y2K) Readiness
SESAs of the Y2K readiness of the LCCC and the LMIBS Interstate
Connection (ICON) applications and Orlando Data Center infrastructure.
past several months there have been several inquiries made by the States
and Regional Offices concerning the Y2K readiness of the ICON contractor, LMIBS, and the
LCCC. Consequently, the Department of Labor has requested and received from LMIBS
documentation regarding the Y2K readiness of their computer systems and infrastructure.
Information has also been received from the LCCC regarding their Y2K readiness.
LMIBS Statement on Y2K Readiness.
The following statements regarding the Y2K
readiness of ICON applications and the LMIBS Orlando Data Center Hub have been
extracted from information provided to the Department of Labor from LMIBS and fairly
summarizes their Y2K readiness status:
ICON Data Records and Model Code
The model [ICON] code changes were distributed in January, 1998, and since
June 1998, Year 2000 versions of the model code have been operational
(outputting and inputting dates with the century).
Actual Hub Processing Environment for ICON
The hub processing of ICON data is not dependent on any non-standard or
customized software. The hub function, as it relates to data handling, is a store-and-forward operation. This does not require any manipulation of the data as it
passes through the hub.
The hub-processing environment supporting ICON is as follows:
VENDOR CERTIFIED TO BE Y2K COMPLIANT?
OS/390 Model 9672
MVS OPS (390) 1.3
JES (390) 1.3
Lockheed Martin represents and warrants that system level software
utilized in providing services to the ICON customer is Year 2000 ready in
that it accurately processes date/time (including, but not limited to
calculating, comparing, and sequencing) from, into, and between the
twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the years 1999 and 2000 and leap
year calculations. All hardware and system level software have been
implemented and tested in accordance with vendor documentation and
instructions and are confirmed to have tested successfully.
LMIBS retains backup generator support in the Orlando Data Center. In
the event of a power outage this support could be utilized until power was
effectively restored. During four consecutive weekends of April 1999 and
May 1999, and prior to migrating the ICON production to the OS390
environment, ICON-specific testing was done.
This included stand-alone hub processing, actual batch data transmission
and execution with selected SESAs, and real-time data exchange-Interstate
Benefits Inquiry (IBIQ).
Please be assured that IBS is committed to monitoring all ICON activity
relative to Year 2000 and responding, as may be necessary, in order that
our processing transition into the next century is a non-event for ICON.
LCCC Y2K Readiness Response.
LCCC has stated that all systems are Y2K
compliant and operate on the Louisiana Department of Labor mainframe computer system
which is Year 2000 compliant and which has successfully passed two independent
verification and validation (IV&V) processes. However, the required LCCC SESA
inquiry form's record layout continues to use a 2-digit year format for separation dates.
New record layouts are being developed for the LCCC that will utilize a 4-digit date format.
The estimated date of implementation is mid-to-late FY 2000. So that SESAs will not have
to reformat their systems twice in less than a year, the problem is being temporarily
resolved by LCCC staff using a bridging program to insert the proper century date until the
new record format is implemented. SESAs may continue to transmit inquiry forms using
the old format until instructions are issued to change to the new format.
LMIBS Zero Day Activities.
Preparations are continuing to be
made by LMIBS for the millennium turnover. These include establishment of an Emergency
Operations Center, establishment of Rapid Response Teams, backup of critical
systems/customer files, and the final examinations of office and data center facilities.
During and immediately after the millennium turnover, an initial check out of equipment
and services and confirmation of the basic computing environment platforms will take place.
Following the successful test of the basic environment, individual ICON programs will be
cleared to be brought on line. At this point the ICON support group will run a series of
ICON related jobs, both batch and ICS, internally. In addition, arrangements will be made
with selected SESAs to test with the hub by transmitting batch data and establishing the
IBIQ and WIC connections. Results will be relayed to agencies and/or individuals as
After careful review of documentation furnished
by LMIBS, the Department believes that the ICON contractor (LMIBS) is Y2K compliant
and the infrastructure is in place to continue the ICON functions during the critical phases
of the century and millennium turnover and into the next century. In addition, the Department
agrees that the temporary fix being used by the LCCC on the inquiry form's record layout
will allow processing of inquiries without interruption in the new century and that no
further action by SESAs is required until the new format instructions are issued.
SESA Administrators are requested to provide
this information to appropriate staff. SESAs desiring to test ICON processing with LMIBS
during the "Zero Day" period may coordinate directly with LMIBS (contact
Martha Hazelrigg at 407-306-7228)
Direct inquiries to the appropriate Regional Office.