CWT|SatoTravel Wins the Social Security Administration E-Gov Travel Services Task Order

Arlington (October 08, 2007) - CWT|SatoTravel, the military and government division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has been awarded the E-Gov Travel Services task order with the Social Security Administration to provide an end-to-end travel authorization and voucher system.
CWT|SatoTravel, a premier supplier of E-Gov Travel Services to the federal government, will implement its proprietary web-based E2 Solutions product for all of the Social Security Administration’s travel needs, including online planning and authorization, approval, and fulfilment of vouchers, otherwise known as travel and expense reports in the corporate environment. CWT|SatoTravel will also provide comprehensive, nationwide travel management center services for domestic and international reservations and ticketing, group travel, meetings services and 24-hour emergency traveler assistance. The base period of the contract with CWT|SatoTravel runs through November 2008, with options to extend the agreement through November 2013. According to the publication Government Executive (Aug. 15, 2007), the Social Security Administration spends approximately $61 million in travel each year.

“We are excited to add the Social Security Administration to our roster of government clients. The administration’s E-Gov Travel Services voucher business represents approximately 90,000 vouchers per year and we are confident we will provide the Social Security Administration the same quality service our government travelers have come to expect,” said Scott Guerrero, executive vice president, North America, CWT.
In addition to the Social Security Administration, CWT|SatoTravel provides E-Gov Travel Services to the following U.S. government bodies: Department of Justice, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of State, General Services Administration, National Business Center, Holocaust Memorial Museum and a number of other federal agencies.
CWT|SatoTravel is one of three travel management providers chosen by the General Services Administration to support E-Gov Travel Services. The goal of the E-Gov Travel initiative is to streamline and automate the travel process for government employees. In three years, the service has been widely deployed and provides reduced costs, aggregated information, faster reimbursements, better security, improved access to government preferred programs, and guaranteed policy compliance.

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Mystery Amazon listing for Rough Guide to Sex attributed to 'Doug E Style'

Author of official book taken aback by appearance of copycat title with 'naughty Viz ring'
The Rough Guide to Sex, as attributed to 'Doug E Style'.
The author and publisher of The Rough Guide to Sex are scratching their heads over a mystery title of the same name purportedly written by one Doug E Style.
The doppelgänger book appeared on Amazon in May 2009, seven months before James McConnachie's title – which is a blend of social history and manual published by the Penguin-owned Rough Guides imprint – was launched. Although the Doug E Style title was listed on Amazon and other books websites, it is not available for purchase, and there is no reference to it on the website of Artnik, the publisher Amazon accords it to. The listing has been removed from the Amazon site in the last 24 hours, but at the time of publshing this story could still be found at a number of other online booksellers.

"[It's] such a mystery," said McConnachie, who admitted to enjoying the "naughty Viz ring" to his rival's pseudonym. "I confess I have no idea what's going on, and if this is part of a bigger thing or just a one-off. Is it a rogue Amazon employee? A discontented editorial assistant? A hacker? The best part of the joke for me is that, pre-publication, Amazon's system had it ranked above my own, relatively real book."
McConnachie had considered using a pseudonym for his own book, which took more than three years to write, but decided against it. "I thought about it, just because the topic of sex gets so quickly turned into ribaldry and innuendo in this country ... and I wanted to spare myself the endless jokes: 'the research must have been fun' - that kind of thing," he said. "I also thought about using a pseudonym to protect books I may do in the future from forever afterwards being referred back to this one – people seem to get so weirdly entranced by sex. But then I decided that I was bloody well going to write a book that I'd be proud of, so I wanted my own name on it." A review in the Observer this weekend called it "much more an intelligent compendium than a porn-inspired smut-fest", praising McConnachie's "good-spirited, intelligent approach".
A spokesperson for Rough Guides said the publisher was looking into the Doug E Style issue. "It did make us chuckle [but] essentially someone has used our name and brand, and that's our copyright which is quite a big deal," she said. "It's quite flattering that someone thought it was a great idea for a book but obviously we'd prefer that it's books we endorse that have our name and brand on them."
The publisher believes the Doug E Style book itself is not real. "As far as we are aware, this book doesn't exist," said the spokesperson. "It is not listed on the Artnik website. We can't imagine they ever intended to publish this book as there is no way they'd get away with using the Rough Guide brand. So did they put it up for a joke? Or to interfere with our book sales? As the publisher of the real Rough Guide to Sex we apparently can't do anything about taking down this entry even though it doesn't exist, because only the publisher can remove it."
Rough Guides said the next step would be to contact Artnik about the issue. Artnik, which describes itself as a popular culture publisher, did not respond to a request for comment.

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When I was looking for a guidebook for Romania I had three options: National Geographic Traveler: Romania, Lonely Planet's Romania & Moldova, and The Rough Guide to Romania.
The National Geographic guide got okay reviews, people either loved or hated Lonely Planet, and so I chose Rough Guide, which got moderate to good reviews, but had a few that mentioned it had a good section on Bucharest, which was my travel destination. I had never purchased a Rough Guide and had never been to Romania, so I had no idea what to expect or even what to look for, and I desperately needed some sort of direction on what to see and do in Bucharest and the surrounding areas.
The other reviews were right when they mentioned that a lot of the focus was on Bucharest. The rest of Romania was covered very broadly. Most of the maps in the book are for Bucharest. The maps themselves are easy to read and made it easy to find my way through a very large and complex city. I had about three days in the capital city, and the book did provide logistics and history.
I honestly didn't do much with the rest of the book, though. Because I had a day trip planned out to Poienari Castle (Dracula's real castle), I thumbed through the sections on Transylvania and some of the other major cities. These sections have a lot of history around the 1989 revolution.
The Rough Guide to Romania worked pretty well for me on my trip this September. I found its recommendations for museums and points of interest very good, and when I did get lost in Bucharest it was due to the lack of street signs, not the map in the guidebook. The book's recommendation of taking taxis and the expected prices was accurate and extremely helpful, and the tips on getting around and what to see were pretty spot-on for my travel style.
The only complaint I did have is that its restaurant recommendations and hotel information left a lot to be researched either beforehand or by wandering around. The hostel I stayed at was listed in the book, and I found it nice if not charming, but the restaurant price ranges were definitely geared to the ultra budget traveler.
There isn't much on the market in terms of guidebooks for Romania. It is still very much a country in transition, with a large sprawling city for its capital. The Rough Guide to Romania worked very well for what I wanted, which was some history, good maps, and logistics on how to get around. I think these guides are geared toward backpackers, so if you're willing to plan your own sightseeing and are looking to be as thrifty as possible this is definitely your best bet.

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