Responding to congressional criticism, the National Credit Union Administration on Monday said its assessment of the industry's preparation for the year-2000 computer crisis will be completed by February 1998.

Experts fear that on Jan. 1, 2000, computer systems will mistake the "00" in their internal clocks for 1900, causing computer breakdowns and disruptions in service. After requesting reports from financial regulators, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Alfonse M. D'Amato upbraided the NCUA and the Federal Reserve Board for lacking aggressive plans to protect their institutions.

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