Northrop Grumman partners to pursue GSA travel contract
Travel agency protest upheld; partners out to secure award
- By David Hubler
- Jul 08, 2011
EDITOR's NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the headline. The contract is for civilian travel services.
Northrop Grumman Corp. has signed on as a subcontractor to CWTSatoTravel to compete for the end-to-end travel and expense management systems of the General Services Administration's E-Gov Travel Services 2 contract, the company announced July 8.
The giant defense contractor will leverage its system integration, usability engineering and account management resources to provide travel and expense management services that are integrated with government agency financial and human resources systems, and leverage existing functionality for unique agency needs, the announcement states.
CWTSatoTravel, which has served the U.S. military and government for nearly 60 years, will provide the overall program management, travel management, account management, and system development and support resources necessary to deliver an application service designed to meet government agency travel requirements.
In April the Government Accountability Office upheld CWTSatoTravel’s protest against the GSA “E-Gov Travel” electronic travel management solicitation because of uncertainty over whether certain objectives were optional or required, the congressional watchdog agency announced.
CWTSatoTravel, also known as CW Government Travel Inc., filed the protest in November 2010, challenging several terms of the solicitation, including charging that the language was vague or ambiguous.
GAO sustained that finding and recommended that the solicitation be rewritten and reissued.
Northrop Grumman Corp., of Los Angeles and Falls Church, Va., ranks No. 2 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.
David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.