The General Services Administration awarded its e-Travel

contract to CW Government Travel Inc. of San Antonio,

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems of Fairfax, Va., and

Electronic Data Systems Corp. of Fairfax, Va. EDS had

previously been denied the contract, but was included in

the 10-year $450 million award based on a re-evaluation

following an appeal to the General Accounting Office.

The companies are to provide Web-based travel services for

the federal government’s. e-Travel, one of the Bush

administration’s 24 e-Government initiatives. The

commercial contract is aimed at cutting costs and ensuring

real time information, and will support travel planning,

authorization and reimbursement, says GSA.

It said the new travel initiative, which will accommodate

existing travel agencies and systems such as FedTripO,

will be available to civilian agencies in early 2004, and

that those agencies are expected to migrate completely by

October 2006.