DOD looking to modernize travel for employees
- By Sean Lyngaas
- Aug 04, 2014
What: The Defense Department wants to modernize its travel management system, so the Defense Travel Management Office has issued a request for information about commercial products and/or services that would support a travel system that allows one of its modules to be upgraded without stalling the rest of the system.
Why: DOD officials do a lot of traveling, and with the possibility of sequestration resuming in fiscal 2016, the department is interested in making travel more affordable and efficient.
The Pentagon's current system serves 2.7 million employees per year and is accessible 24 hours a day via a Web portal, according to the RFI.
Among other things, the potential new system must:
- Comply with security and privacy requirements.
- Be user friendly, meaning "data only has to be entered once and is subsequently prepopulated."
- Include a "training environment that interfaces with the other modules' training environments."
Read the full RFI here. White papers are due Aug. 29.
Sean Lyngaas is the Pentagon correspondent for FCW, where he covers cybersecurity, defense IT and intelligence issues. Prior to that, he was a reporter and editor for Smart Grid Today, the utility industry's journal of record. He has reported for The Atlantic, The Economist and The Washington Diplomat, among other outlets. He is former chair of the Young Members Committee at the National Press Club. Sean earned his B.A. from Duke University and his M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.