Defense

DOD looking to modernize travel for employees

What: The Defense Department wants to modernize its travel management system, so the Defense Travel Management Office has issued a request for information about commercial products and/or services that would support a travel system that allows one of its modules to be upgraded without stalling the rest of the system.

Why: DOD officials do a lot of traveling, and with the possibility of sequestration resuming in fiscal 2016, the department is interested in making travel more affordable and efficient.

The Pentagon's current system serves 2.7 million employees per year and is accessible 24 hours a day via a Web portal, according to the RFI.

Among other things, the potential new system must:

  • Comply with security and privacy requirements.
  • Be user friendly, meaning "data only has to be entered once and is subsequently prepopulated."
  • Include a "training environment that interfaces with the other modules' training environments."

Read the full RFI here. White papers are due Aug. 29.

About the Author

Sean Lyngaas is an FCW staff writer covering defense, cybersecurity and intelligence issues. Prior to joining FCW, he was a reporter and editor at Smart Grid Today, where he covered everything from cyber vulnerabilities in the U.S. electric grid to the national energy policies of Britain and Mexico. His reporting on a range of global issues has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The Economist, The Washington Diplomat and The Washington Post.

Lyngaas is an active member of the National Press Club, where he served as chairman of the Young Members Committee. He earned his M.A. in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and his B.A. in public policy from Duke University.

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Reader comments

Thu, Aug 28, 2014 crollogas

I'm so glad to see the DoD reaching out for information on this topic. With so many budget issues over the past two years, embracing technology is a great solution, especially for reducing travel and training expenses. In a recent article, Paul Ladd of NATO shared how embracing video/VTC for their distance learning program has saved their organization both time and money. (Check out the full article at http://publicsectorview.com/federal/natos-paul-ladd-discusses-maximizing-existing-vtc-investment-implement-award-winning-distance-learning-program/) I'm excited to see the results of the DoD's RFI.

Tue, Aug 5, 2014

Be user friendly, meaning "data only has to be entered once and is subsequently prepopulated."

Interesting that statement since the folks back east who control the settings on all our computing resources have dictated that all of our PC's have that feature turned off in the name of security (productivity is not important), even though we all have dedicated machines that require a CAC card and PIN to get into.

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