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(CB-99-01) (CB-99-01) Year 2000 disclosure notice* on the Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) software package

DCLPublicationDate: 1/1/99
DCLID: CB-99-1
Summary: Year 2000 disclosure notice* on the Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) software package

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January 1999


Dear Colleague:

This letter is a Year 2000 disclosure notice* on the Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) software package.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and National Computer Systems, the software development contractor for FISAP, are pleased to inform you that the July 1998 release of the FISAP software package, which ED issues to institutions participating in the Campus-Based Programs, is Year 2000 compliant. The Product will function accurately related to the processing of date data (including but not limited to, calculating, comparing and sequencing of dates) from, into, and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including leap-year calculations, when used in accordance with documentation provided with the Product release, and when all third-party products used in combination with the Product properly exchange date data with it. Additional information on ED's Year 2000 activities can be found on its web page at

FISAP's Year 2000 compliance was obtained through assessment, renovation, and testing, as well as the assessment, renovation, and testing of the Campus Based System (CBS). Year 2000 compliant Pentium personal computers (PCs), the Title IV Wide Area Network (TIVWAN), an Amdahl 5995, and XPEDITER/Xchange software were used to test the following FISAP functions:

Importing Prior Year Data
Exporting Current Year Data
Importing the Edit Report

The functions listed above were performed with the system dates on PCs set
to 12/31/1999, 01/01/2000, and 02/29/2000. The CBS system used
XPEDITER/Xchange software to simulate those dates on its mainframe.

Institutions use the FISAP to report to Campus-Based Programs (Federal Work Study, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, and Federal Perkins Loan) expenditures for the previous school year, and to apply to participate in those programs during the next school year.


Jerry Russomano
Director, Program Systems Service
Office of Student Financial Assistance Program
U S Department of Education

Dick Schwab
Vice President and General Manager
National Computer Systems
Government Services Division

Disclaimer: This statement does not constitute a warranty and is provided merely to facilitate users in planning for their transition to year 2000. This compliance means this software will not produce errors processing dates in connection with the century change to year 2000 when used with accurate data in accordance with its documentation, provided all other products (e.g., other software, firmware, and hardware) used with it properly exchange date data compliantly. The U.S. Department of Education and National Computer Systems assume no liability or responsibility for the use – or the consequences of the use – of this product.

*Statements made to you in the course of this letter are subject to the Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act (P.L. 105-271). In the case of a dispute, this Act may reduce your legal rights regarding the use of any such statements, unless otherwise specified.

Last Modified: 01/19/1999