WASHINGTON (04/13/2000) - An interim version of an automated travel system for the Defense Department will be available to selected personnel this summer.
DOD and prime contractor TRW Inc. are testing the final version of the Defense Travel System, which is scheduled for initial operational capability by this fall. In the next few weeks, however, a limited version of the system that will allow some DOD travelers to become accustomed to the new software will be deployed.
Ultimately, DTS will enable about 3 million DOD users to have travel authorized and reserved and receive reimbursement from DOD accounting systems by connecting to the Defense Travel System Regional Data Center and commercial reservation systems.
The DTS-Limited system will not be connected to the data center but will allow access through Gelco Information Network Inc.'s Travel Manager software to authorizations and commercial reservations systems, said Rich Fabbre, TRW's DTS program manager.
The earliest users of DTS-Limited will be the users scheduled for later deployments of full DTS, Fabbre said. The deployment of the full system will take two-and-a-half to three years.
TRW expects about $263.7 million in transactions over five years on the full DTS system, he said.
The company was awarded the contract by DOD in May 1998. Electronic Data Systems Corp. protested the award, and work was reinstated to TRW in October 1998, putting the project about 100 days behind schedule. Work on the system has fallen about a year behind schedule because of the complexity of testing all of the scenarios that could occur, Fabbre said.
The Transportation Department is working on similar travel reservation and expense service for civilian federal agencies. The site, fedtrip.gov, is being tested at the Federal Aviation Administration. The DOT released a draft solicitation for commercial Web-based travel and expense services Tuesday.