The Defense Department is preparing to replace the Defense Travel System on a large scale. The Pentagon is about to begin sole-source contract negotiations with Concur Technologies for the replacement. Officials have previously stated that the new system would simplify the existing system significantly. The contract will be for an undisclosed amount to completely execute a project that started as a “prototype” in August 2018. Competing vendors had until May 17 to object to the deal, although the notice strongly suggests they are unlikely to do so.
According to the most recent notice and previous records, the Department of Defense invested
$15 million to integrate SAP Concur’s commercial travel software with military business processes and IT systems, such as the Navy’s enterprise resource planning framework and the Army’s General Fund Enterprise Business system. It goes on to say that the Department of Defense intends to award the full-scale production contract without competition since Concur is “the only responsible source”.
Officials from the Department of Defense have already stated that DTM would greatly simplify the existing framework. The department estimated that the prototype OTA would save 10 million labor hours a year when it was awarded. It’s unclear how much of the initial concept award was open to competition. The procurement was conducted by the Department of Defense through a private consortium called the Consortium for Command, Control, and Communications.
Author: Mariatu Alale