Federal Manager's Daily Report

The General Services Administration’s Office of

Government-wide Policy has issued a final rule setting the

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timeframe for agencies to implement eTravel, a web based

travel service. “Migration” plans and schedules must be

submitted to the eTravel program management office no later

than March 31, 2004, and be implemented no later than

December 31, 2004. (The award of a task order to a vendor

under the eTS Master Contract counts as implementation,

according to the final rule.) Complete migration is

required by September 30, 2006 (unless otherwise excepted

as defined in the regulation published in Federal Register,

Volume 68, Number 245).

GSA had earlier awarded its e-Travel contract to CW

Government Travel Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, Northrop

Grumman Mission Systems of Fairfax, Va., and Electronic

Data Systems Corp., of Fairfax, Va. EDS was previously

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.

e-Travel, one of the Bush administration’s 24 e-Government

initiatives, will be hosted commercially, support travel

planning, authorization and reimbursement, GSA said.

For more information on the rule contact the Regulatory

Secretariat, Room 4035, GS Building, Washington, DC,

20405, (202) 208-7312 (Regarding: FTR case 2003-303,

FTR Amendment 2003-07).