An aerial view of Reagan National Airport. Federal agencies spend about $15 billion annually on travel services. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The General Services Administration is looking to the private sector for ways to aggregate and manage governmentwide travel spending data and reporting.
While agencies spend about $15 billion annually on travel services, agency efforts to produce standardized, comprehensive data and analysis have not been successful, according to a request for information release Aug. 16.
“Despite these efforts and the progress they have helped make, the government travel data environment remains highly fragmented,” GSA said in its RFI.
“Stakeholders tasked with the various portions of the travel management function are often forced to utilize incomplete and non-standardized data-sets through what are generally unreliable and un-calibrated tools,” GSA added.
The agency is looking to the private sector for suggestions on how to create granular, comprehensive travel spend data across a variety of travel programs and services, according to the RFI.
Responses are due to GSA by Sept. 16, according to GSA.