The Information Collection & Reporting System (ICRS) 

Used by the Y2K Information Coordination Center

A Call to Adapt and Deploy the ICRS to Address Current Needs


Note: Requests for further information concerning ICRS may be sent to


The Information Collection and Reporting System (ICRS) was a software program developed and used by the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion to monitor incidents before and after the Y2K rollover.  The system was used in the Y2K Information Coordination Center (ICC).  The overall cost of standing up and operating the ICC was around $45 million. The cost of developing the software alone was several million dollars.  The software could be redeployed today.  It could be refined and adapted to meet current needs for homeland security and emergency management operation centers.  It could be used to address national security as well as homeland security needs.  It could be used to enhance situational awareness in man-made as well as natural disasters and catastrophic events.


Why wasn't the ICRS software program revived after 9/11 when the need for such a system became obvious?  Why isn't it in place today to help meet current needs?  The revival of the system depends in part on there being one or more individuals in positions of sufficient authority who recognize the merits of reviving the system. They would also need to have some sense of how the system might be refined and adapted to meet needs of the post-9/11 world.  In addition, they would need to consider integrating this system with other systems that are already in place such as the National Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS).


The implementation of a system that integrated ICRS and NEMIS would require understanding of the needs that such a system would help meet.  It would require sustained interest and attention. It would require expertise and resources. The process could be slowed considerably if those individuals with the requisite expertise are not available or interested. The individuals with the knowledge and the expertise may well need to join together to make a case for the feasibility of integrating and deploying the systems.  This can be particularly challenging if there are numerous other projects and challenges competing for attention.   


Success might well depend on the ability of those who understand the merits of the project to convince others of those merits, others who may have little or no technical background. The importance of the fact that the software has already been proven successful may also elude individuals who are involved in the decisionmaking process if they had little or no knowledge of the past use of the system for the ICC.  While a system exists that could help address current needs, arriving at a decision to adapt and use the system may not be a simple matter.


Note: Requests for further information concerning ICRS may be sent to


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