DATE: June 30, 2003

SUBJECT: Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); eTravel Service (eTS)

SOURCE: Federal Register, June 30, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 125, page 38661

AGENCIES: Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is proposing to amend the FTR to require agencies to submit plans and schedules for migrating to eTS no later than March 31, 2004, to begin implementing the eTS no later than December 31, 2004, and to complete migration to eTS for full agency-wide use by September 30, 2006.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The FTR is Chapters 300 through 304 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

For more on the notice of the availability of FedTrip, the first part of eTS, see the March 20, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Bulletin 2003-B1, eTravel Initiative."

For more on the notice of the creation of the eTravel initiative and GSA's intent to require agencies to use the system by the end of 2003, see the July 25, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Bulletin 26, eTravel Initiative."

DATES: Comments must by submitted no later than July 30, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVA), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405; or by e-mail to: FTRCase.2003-303@gsa.gov. Cite "FTR Case 2003-303" in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Umeki Thorne, 202-208-7636.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On July 25, 2002, GSA announced 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. The purpose of the eTravel Initiative is to establish a single portal that federal employees will use when making official business trips to obtain travel authorizations, make hotel and car rental 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. (EDITOR'S NOTE: The eTravel Initiative is one of the Bush Administration's 25 "e-gov" initiatives that are intended to address performance gaps in existing government systems.)

On March 20, 2003, GSA notified agencies that "FedTrip" was available as the online booking service available governmentwide, and that it "should be agencies' first choice for making temporary duty travel arrangements...until the governmentwide, web-based end-to-end travel management service is available...Providing an online booking service is the initial phase of reengineering the entire travel process to realize significant cost savings to the government, to improve employees' productivity, and to provide a unified, simplified official travel process."

This proposed rule would require agencies to migrate to eTS, the replacement for FedTrip and agencies' travel management services for booking common carrier (air, rail, bus confirmations and seat assignments), lodging, and car rental reservations; fulfilling ticketing reservations; and providing basic management information on those activities. This proposed rule would define "eTS" as "the common governmentwide end-to-end travel management service that automates and consolidates the federal travel process in a web-centric environment, covering all aspects of travel planning, from authorization, reservations, expense reporting, and reimbursement" (proposed FTR 300-3.1, What do the following terms mean?).

To implement eTS, GSA is proposing to amend the FTR as follows:

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

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