EDS gets e-travel slice

EDS was awarded a contract to help provide e-travel services to federal workers after the company protested the original deal that left the giant technology company out in the cold.

General Services Administration officials announced Nov. 10 that the agency had reopened the bidding and awarded the contract for e-travel to EDS and the two original winners, CW Government Travel Inc. of San Antonio and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems of Fairfax, Va. E-Travel is one of the administration's 25 e-government initiatives. The contract is valued at up to $450 million over 10 years.

After the e-travel contract winners were first announced in August, EDS protested and said its proposal needed a full hearing before the award was finalized. So GSA officials invited the three companies finalists in the bidding process to demonstrate their E-Travel solutions again, agency officials said.

The system will be hosted commercially to cut costs and offer a wide variety of services to civilian federal workers, according to GSA officials. EDS is partnering with Zegato Solutions Inc., of Lanham, Md., and The MIL Corp. of Bowie, Md., on the project.

EDS will offer its FedTraveler.com product, which includes an integrated online travel system. Among the features are travel approval, expense management, weather reports, maps and even the locations of automatic banking machines.

"Now EDS must go out to individual civilian agencies to demonstrate our system and its advantages," said EDS spokesman Bill Ritz.

The service already is deployed in several federal agencies including the Veterans Affairs Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and the International Trade Commission.

Featured

  • Management
    people standing on keyboard (Who is Danny/Shutterstock.com)

    OPM-GSA merger plan detailed in legislative proposal

    The White House is proposing legislation for a dramatic overhaul of human resources inside government and wants $50 million to execute the plan.

  • Cloud
    cloud applications (chanpipat/Shutterstock.com)

    GSA plans civilian DEOS counterpart

    GSA is developing a cloud email and enterprise services contract inspired by the single-source vehicle the Department of Defense devised for back-office software.

  • Defense
    software (whiteMocca/Shutterstock.com)

    DOD looks to unify software spending for 2020

    Defense Department acquisition head, Ellen Lord, hopes to simplify software buying and improve business systems following the release of the Defense Innovation Board's final software acquisition study.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.