The General Services Administration’s Office of
Government-wide Policy has issued a final rule setting the
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).