EDS wins E-Travel contract after all

The General Services Administration yesterday awarded EDS Corp. a contract to provide online travel management for the E-Travel program, adding the company to two previously contracted vendors.

The Plano, Texas, company protested GSA’s original award to Carlson Wagonlit Government Travel Inc. of San Antonio and the Mission Systems unit of Northrop Grumman Corp., in August. EDS said GSA did not properly evaluate all the offers.

GSA decided to reopen the competition rather than defend its actions to the General Accounting Office. (Click for Oct. 1 GCN coverage)

Carlson Wagonlit, EDS and Northrop Grumman will provide online travel management services under the E-Travel contract, which could be worth $450 million over 10 years.

E-Travel is one of the Office of Management and Budget’s 25 Quicksilver e-government initiatives and one of five that GSA manages.

GSA asked the three vendors to redemonstrate their technologies, and agency officials decided to award contracts to them all.

“We are pleased that GSA took a closer look at our system, Fedtraveler.com, and thought it was worthy of participating in the contract,” said Bill Ritz, an EDS spokesman. He claimed the system “will save government travelers as much as 50 percent of their travel costs as well as streamline the travel process.”

EDS’ team includes MIL Corp. of Bowie, Md., and Zegato Solutions Inc. of Lanham, Md. The Veterans Affairs Department, Marshals Service and International Trade Commission already use Zegato’s travel system platform, Ritz said.

The systems will undergo independent verification and validation and are expected to be available to agencies by the end of April, GSA said. Civilian agencies have until Sept. 30, 2006, to migrate to one of the three systems, officials said.


About the Author

Connect with the GCN staff on Twitter @GCNtech.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.