GSA Travel Program Director Named in Top 25 Influential Executives by Business Travel News
By Cara Battaglini
General Services Administration
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 — GSA’s director of the Office of Travel and Transportation Services has once again been selected as one of Business Travel News’ Top 25 Most Influential Executives.
Tim Burke, also honored by the publication in 2007, was among the 2010 “individuals that most directly drove change and who forced the industry to take notice of and react to their decisions,” according to the publication.
Burke launched the Travel Programs Executive Governance Council in 2008, which brings senior executives from across the federal government together to exchange ideas and drive the future direction of government travel programs.
In 2010, with the council’s support and drawing on his travel industry experience, Burke continued to take travel management to a new level. He called for major improvements to the next generation of GSA’s E-Gov Travel Service. Changes in the next version, ETS 2, include mobile-friendly applications, cloud-based technologies, and improvements to the usability of the site so that it mirrors the ease and functionality of consumer travel planning sites.
GSA has requested that vendors who wish to be considered as a service provider for the ETS 2 also provide tools to help travelers incorporate sustainability factors into their decision making process.
“Tim is trying to make the process better and more like world-class commercial travel management,” said Rick Singer, executive director of the Society of Government Travel Professionals. “Through his strong leadership, he continues to drive FAS as the platform for the business of government in partnership with customers.”
Under Burke’s leadership, GSA expanded usage of the FedRooms program, going from less than 100,000 booked room nights in 2007 to more than 550,000 room nights in 2010.
Burke also put in place a tool to support groups and meetings, and the improved reporting of federal travel spending and carbon emissions using the GSA Management Information Service, a significant commitment to align programs to key environmental and sustainability goals.
“Working at GSA has been one of the most enjoyable things I have done in my career,” said Burke. “What has been most enjoyable is the amount of collaboration that exists across the federal agencies, their willingness to come together as a community and, thus, being able to pursue both innovative and transformational goals.”
Business Travel News has published its list of top executives, which includes leaders from government and industry, for 26 consecutive years.