The tender notice for a new system to help civil servants to book their business travel arrangements direct from their PCs through an online government service has been re-published.

Announced on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the contract notice published by OGCbuying.solutions the procurement arm of the Office of Government Commerce calls for an “electronic booking interface service” that will connect with any travel service provider to purchase rail, air or ferry tickets, hotel accommodation, conference facilities, car hire, taxis and travel management services.

The new service will potentially be made available to everyone in the UK public sector both here and abroad.

To begin with OGCbuying.solutions, the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are anticipated to go live with the new service. OGCbuying.solutions, the MoD and the FCO spend a combined £500 million per year on travel.

Other central government departments are expected to join in at a later date through an "on boarding" process to be specified in the contract.

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