The latest in a series of government reports into Y2K has arrived, this time from the State Services Commission (SSC).
"[The report] is not an assessment of the agencies state of readiness, but an assessment of the impact if business continuity could not be maintained," SSC's report says.
The report gives two grades — high impact and low — and relates only to those 204 organisations the prime minister has decided the State Services Commissioner should co-ordinate. Of those organisations, 58 are deemed to have high impact, the remaining 146 are low.
Agencies which meet the commission's criteria for high impact, based on any failure's impact on basic services (healthcare, law and order, water and so on), communications, energy, the economy, national security and "the Crown's reputation" have been asked to commission an "independently attested quality assurance report" which would be provided to the commission by November 6.
Those agencies which are deemed low impact have been asked to "consider [the] prudence" of also commissioning an independent report. Whichever category, the commission is under orders to follow up on the report and "will assess the need for further action".
Organisations that are listed as having high impact include all of the public hospitals and emergency services, ACC, Pharmac, Civil Aviation, the Government Communications Security Bureau, the Defence Force, Treasury and Inland Revenue and a variety of ministries such as Justice, Health and Foreign Affairs.
Strangely absent are the Transitional Health Authority (which parcels out the money to the nation's hospitals), TVNZ and Civil Defence.
Listed as low impact are most of the tertiary education institutes, a variety of more long-term government departments (Tourism Board, Qualifications Authority and the Film Commission to name just a few), the SIS, the Serious Fraud Office and some of the former departments that now make up Work and Income New Zealand — Social Welfare in particular.
The report can be found at http://www.moc.govt.nz/y2k/impact.html