EUCOM streamlining TDY paperwork, payments
June 22, 2006
BAMBERG, Germany — Military and Department of Defense travelers working for U.S. European Command will soon see quicker travel voucher settlements after returning from temporary duty.
The Defense Travel System, which EUCOM is implementing this month, will allow travelers to handle online almost all before-and-after trip details.
The system is billed as being a one-stop-shopping site to “seamlessly automate the three DOD travel processes: authorization, reservation and voucher filing,” according to the system Web site, www.dtstravelcenter.dod.mil.
Travelers will be able to generate travel authorizations, make trip reservations and route travel requests for approval, all from their desktop workstation, according to the site.
When the trip is complete, the traveler can create a voucher from the data already stored in the DTS, and then electronically send it to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for approval.
An electronic funds transfer from DFAS to the traveler’s bank account completes the process. The traveler will be able to scan or fax required receipts, which are attached to the individual’s travel voucher for electronic archival, the site says.
DOD civilians and military members can use DTS for routine TDY and local vouchers.
Training is provided for administrators who will manage the site for their units. Training on the system is also given to approval officials and frequent travelers.
Training also is available on the Web site, said Vicki Grane, of Heidelberg’s 266th Finance Command.
DTS requires the user’s Common Access Card — identification cards with the electronic chip — and personal identification number, which soon will be the mandatory secure method for users to log on to Defense Department unclassified local area network.
If a just-returned traveler needs to do a settlement, or is still on temporary duty assignment, the DTS process can be done from any Internet connection that has a common access card reader.