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GSA Saves Taxpayer Dollars
with Next Generation Travel Management Tool
September 13, 2013
contract award increases transparency, efficiency, and cost savings
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration
(GSA) awarded CWTSatoTravel (CWT) a contract giving federal agencies an
additional travel savings tool as part of the E-Gov Travel Service (ETS).
ETS is a cloud-based service used by more than 90 federal agencies for travel
booking and expense management. Launched by GSA in April 2003, the service
saves the government more than $20 million dollars annually. Today’s award
expands this effort by providing an additional e-booking service for agencies
to use when travel is absolutely necessary. This expanded service called ETS2
will drive competition and improve innovation giving agencies an additional
travel service to increase competition and reduce costs."
"In keeping with GSA’s core mission to deliver high quality services at the
lowest price possible, ETS2 technology is designed to deliver efficient,
cost-effective travel management strategies," said GSA’s Federal Acquisition
Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe, Jr. "GSA saves federal agencies millions of
dollars each year by negotiating lower fares and reducing administrative costs
around travel. ETS2 is positioned to transform travel savings and management
across the government.
ETS2 will build upon the success of ETS to help the government consolidate
online travel booking services and expense management platform. Since the
launch of ETS, federal civilian agencies consolidated more than 250
independently managed travel systems, and increased the government’s use of
online travel services by 63 percent, saving over $20 million annually. ETS is
the backbone of GSA’s governmentwide managed travel programs, allowing users to
easily book travel and efficiently track spending, approvals, and vouchers.
In addition, ETS2 will increase the government’s purchasing power through in
depth analysis of governmentwide travel data. Under the terms of the contract,
Concur Technologies and CWT will compete for task orders to provide travel
planning, authorization, reservations, ticketing fulfillment, expense
reimbursement and travel management reporting to federal agencies. The
performance-based, firm fixed price contract has a maximum 15-year-period of
performance, with a three year base period and three four-year options. CWT,
currently an ETS vendor, has provided travel management services to the Federal
Government since 2003.
For additional information on GSA’s ETS2 visit www.gsa.gov/travel.
the U.S. General Services Administration
The mission of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is to deliver the
best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the
government and the American people.