Lema, whom Davis appointed to make sure that critical California systems keep functioning, said he is confident that computer operations affecting the lives, safety and health of Californians will pass the test at midnight Jan. 1.
These systems, he said, already are very close to full readiness. "We will reach 100% well before the first of the year. That is the mandate, the target, and we are on track to achieving that goal," Lema said.
Lema, Cox and others at Government Technology said they were stunned by the movie's failure to give more than a passing mention to the billions of dollars--and effort--invested by governments and the private sector in preparedness.
At the urging of California officials, NBC posted the disclaimer, spokeswoman Powell said, to ensure that "viewers don't take the movie for anything except what it is intended to be, which is entertainment."