ETS is commercially hosted to minimize technology costs to the government and guarantee periodically refreshed functionality. From travel planning and authorization to reimbursement, E-Gov Travel leverages administrative, financial, and information technology best practices to realize significant cost savings and improved employee productivity.
What does the E-Gov Travel Service include?
ETS gives federal travelers the ability to manage their travel from end-to-end through a common, web based, governmentwide service that integrates:
Travel planning and cost estimating - Self-service and assisted travel planning, reservation, and cost estimating capabilities are available. Government rates are provided for services such as airline flights, hotel rooms, and rental cars.
Travel authorization - The Federal Travel Authorization for temporary duty (TDY) travel includes detailed itinerary and costing information and calculates estimated authorized per diem in accordance with Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) 301-11.
Reservations - The self-service and the assisted reservation booking capability creates reservations that comply with appropriate federal and agency travel policies.
Fulfillment services - Comprehensive reservation and fulfillment services, both online and agent-assisted, accommodate non-ETS travel management centers that are under direct contract to federal agencies.
Filing, processing, and approving official travel claims - ETS supports the creation and electronic routing of travel vouchers used to claim reimbursable expenses for official travel.
Travel Reimbursement Data - Standard data output can be used to connect agency financial systems in order to reimburse travelers through direct payments to individually billed and centrally billed accounts.
Reporting, data exchange, and more - Standard reports include those listed in the FTR Section 300-70 and Chapter 304. Additionally, ETS provides the capability for ad-hoc and stored queries for all travel data elements within the ETS.
That’s not all. ETS provides added value. It is available anywhere that has Internet access. Home, office, airport, hotel….unlike in the past when all travel planning and arranging had to be done at work, now it can been done any time. Also, authorizing officials can approve via the internet.
In November 2003, three competitively bid, ETS contracts were awarded to:
CW Government Travel's E2 Solutions (a nongovernment website)