Agencies rally behind DOT system
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Sep 04, 2000
The Transportation Department's plan to outsource a Web-based travel and
expense system is gaining supporters.
Nine agencies have asked to be part of the multiagency evaluation team
that will assess proposed systems to automate the travel voucher and reimbursement
process, said David Kleinberg, DOT's deputy chief financial officer.
The nine agencies are the departments of Agriculture, Treasury, Veterans
Affairs, Justice, and Health and Human Services, as well as the National
Science Foundation, the General Services Administration, the Small Business
Administration and the International Broadcast Bureau.
DOT, which issued a formal solicitation for the program in late July,
extended the proposal due date from Aug. 28 to Sept. 11 to accommodate
issues raised by agencies and potential vendors, Kleinberg said. The agency
is looking for an application service provider to operate and maintain a
Web-based system that would process federal travelers' trip planning and
expense documents, including electronic voucher approvals.
An award is expected this winter.
Although the participation of more agencies in the demonstrations of
vendor systems and evaluations indicates interest, it does not represent
formal commitments to buy the DOT service, Kleinberg said.
"This thing is burgeoning," he said. "We thought we'd get one or two
agencies." In the end, more than 20 agencies may be involved, he said.
The service would offer receipt imaging, voucher examination and automated
distribution of reimbursements. The system would eventually be integrated
with an online travel-booking engine DOT plans to offer.