The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service awarded ReserveAmerica with a contract to provide a single, interagency federal recreation information and reservation service called the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS).
According to a press release, the three and a half-year, performance-based service contract provides for additional option periods for a total contract period not to exceed 10 years with a total potential value of $97 million.
The Forest Service conducted a full and open competition for the award of the new contract, which will consolidate and expand the existing federal reservation services. The new service is expected to begin operating in December 2005 and will include one web-based portal to make reservations managed by ReserveAmerica, available at www.recreation.gov.
The initial award of the contract was made in August 2004 but was later reopened to further discussions with vendors in the competitive range, at the recommendation of the Government Accountability Office in December 2004.
The new service is part of the President’s E-Gov Recreation One-Stop Initiative and will offer one-stop shopping to the public for a wide range of federal recreation areas, facilities and opportunities, including more than 57,000 campsites, cabins, parks, and tours of national sites, historic homes and caves.
Interactive maps and text searches will allow customers to discover which parks, forests, lakes, museums, and other recreation activities and sites managed by government agencies are located near a particular area or offer specific recreational opportunities.
Participating agencies will include the USDA Forest Service, the Department of the Interior National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.