GetThere secures deal

GetThere has announced that its DirectGovernment solution has been added to the service. provides an online end-to-end service for federal employees to plan, book, reserve, track, approve and process electronic reimbursement for travel services.GetThere provides the booking and reservations component of the overall service. The list of federal agencies using includes the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban Development, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and more.

EDS, an HP company, operates in support of the General Service Administration’s E-Gov Travel Service (ETS) initiative to move more federal travel online, helping make the travel procurement process more efficient and saving federal travel dollars through a streamlined travel procurement process.

More than 75 federal agencies have GetThere’s online travel procurement solution as a part of their E-Gov Travel Service. GetThere’s configurable elements ensure federal travelers can access government-negotiated city-pair airfares, the FedRooms hotel program, per-diem rates, and seamless continuity to the expense reporting process. Multiple travel management companies that fulfill and service online federal travel bookings work with GetThere.

“The integration of GetThere’s DirectGovernment solution into represents another milestone for the Federal government travel procurement process,” said Chris Kroeger, president of GetThere. “These online federal travel processes serve to make the most of the travel dollars spent by the government. That’s critical not only for federal agencies managing travel budgets, but for taxpayers who deserve the best technology maximizing the more than $14 billion spent on federal travel annually.”

“The transition to GetThere’s DirectGovernment solution takes place at a time when the growing user base for the program is seeking a more intuitive, consumer-oriented booking tool,” said Scott W. Smith, program executive for, EDS, an HP Company. “With GetThere’s successful adaptation of the Travelocity user interface, we’re confident that the agencies serves can maximize operational efficiency and online travel savings in the months and years ahead.”