Draft RFP outlines e-Travel goals

eTravel Web site

The General Services Administration released a draft solicitation Oct. 7 for the governmentwide e-Travel initiative, which is intended to provide a single, Web-based system for all federal travel needs.

The draft request for proposals outlines the goals for the initiative, one of 24 overseen by the Office of Management and Budget as part of the E-Government Strategy. Those goals all focus on procuring a system that is based as much as possible on commercial off-the-shelf products and services. The system should be ready for full deployment at one to three federal agencies by December 2003.

The system will cover every aspect of federal travel management, from the user interface to the back-end payment and approval processes. The contractor will be expected to provide many services, including:

* Web hosting.

* The e-Travel portal and Web-based booking engine (reservation service).

* Help-desk support.

* Independent verification and validation of system function as well as compliance with computation and approval functions of the Federal Travel Regulation.

* Change management and deployment support for federal agencies.

* Training.

Although many commercial travel management portals and services exist, it is not clear that any of them can meet all the back-end requirements in the Federal Travel Regulation and other government mandates.

The GSA-led team working on the initiative released a request for information this summer to take an initial look at what solutions are available from industry. GSA received multiple responses from companies as diverse as Expedia Inc. and American Express Co., according to one official on the GSA team.

The team is evaluating many commercial Web-based booking engines to provide agencies with an initial system this year. Should a booking engine be deemed appropriate, the final contractor solution will need to integrate the chosen engine with the proposed complete solution, according to the draft.


  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected


Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.