DATE: April 12, 2002

SUBJECT: Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Bulletin 26, eTravel Initiative

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 25, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 143, page 48654

AGENCIES: Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: GSA is notifying federal agencies of the creation of the eTravel Initiative and of its intent to require agencies to use the governmentwide, web-based, end-to-end travel management system by the end of 2003.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 18, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Burke, General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy (MTT), Washington, DC 20405; 703-872-8611; e-mail: timothy.burke@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The eTravel Initiative is one of the Bush Administration's 24 "e-gov" initiatives that are intended to address performance gaps in existing government systems. The eTravel Initiative will establish a single portal by December 2003 that federal employees will use when making official business trips to obtain travel authorizations, make reservations and pay for airline tickets and other expenses. The system will work much like commercial web-based systems that the public uses to book business travel. Therefore, GSA says in paragraph 5 of the bulletin, "any present effort to re-engineer agency travel processes should be geared for maximum flexibility, so that any new systems or processes will be adaptable to the new eTravel system. Agencies are cautioned against investment in new systems that will be agency-specific and non-transferable to the eTravel system."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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