DOD to test travel system
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Apr 13, 2000
An interim version of an automated travel system for the Defense Department
will be available to selected personnel this summer.
DOD and prime contractor TRW Inc. are testing the final version of the Defense
Travel System, which is scheduled for initial operational capability by
this fall. In the next few weeks, however, a limited version of the system
that will allow some DOD travelers to become accustomed to the new software
will be deployed.
Ultimately, DTS will enable about 3 million DOD users to have travel authorized
and reserved and receive reimbursement from DOD accounting systems by connecting
to the Defense Travel System Regional Data Center and commercial reservation
The DTS-Limited system will not be connected to the data center but will
allow access through Gelco Information Network Inc.'s Travel Manager software
to authorizations and commercial reservations systems, said Rich Fabbre,
TRW's DTS program manager.
The earliest users of DTS-Limited will be the users scheduled for later
deployments of full DTS, Fabbre said. The deployment of the full system
will take two-and-a-half to three years.
TRW expects about $263.7 million in transactions over five years on the
full DTS system, he said.
The company was awarded the contract by DOD in May 1998. Electronic Data
Systems Corp. protested the award, and work was reinstated to TRW in October
1998, putting the project about 100 days behind schedule. Work on the system
has fallen about a year behind schedule because of the complexity of testing
all of the scenarios that could occur, Fabbre said.
The Transportation Department is working on similar travel reservation and
expense service for civilian federal agencies. The site, fedtrip.gov, is
being tested at the Federal Aviation Administration. The DOT released a
draft solicitation for commercial Web-based travel and expense services