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Defense Travel System (DTS) milieage

In DTS, when filing a normal Voucher, travelers are reimbursed full mileage when traveling from their residence to the airport. Conversely, when a Local Voucher is filed, the normal mileage incurred on a work day from residence to place of duty is deducted. So to save tax dollars, the traveler should NOT have normal mileage reimbursed just because they are going TDY to the airport (because they would have incurred that ...more »

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Replace Defense Travel System with a commercial product

DTS is ineffiecient and the servers are often unreliable. The average traveler cannot navigate the highly counter-intuitive, multi-layered web-pages that often fail to upload leave you wondering if information was accepted. We should be able to use DTS without having to attend specialized training. Obviosuly, whoever designed and accepted DTS on behalf of DoD doesn't have to use it. Most travelers have to rely on office ...more »

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Cost Effective Travel

Allow employess to, at least, try to utilize travel search engines like Kayak and Expedia. If the savings is there then take it. Along with that the employee should understand that there is more risk involved if the travel were to be canceled. Therefore, this would motivate the employee to proceed with travel plans. Once travel is completed that employee should be awarded with a percentage of the savings. This would ...more »

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Streamline or Eliminate Defense Travel System

DTS is an antiquated, burdensome tool for arranging travel and requesting reimbursement under the JTR. Once you count the overhead cost of maintaining DTS, travel agent fees, and manhours trudging through the multitude of screens to request and complete travel; the actual cost of the travel is easily 3-4 times as much as the actual ticket and per diem rate. Defense travel could be simplified and streamlined by simply ...more »

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wasted money on travel

A freind of mine was going to Virginia for training the V.A. paid $1300.00 for their ticket. I bought tickets on the same flight for 250.00. There were about 15 other employees from our V.A. that made the same trip. If you consider all of the traning or seminars that the different agencys may attend. I'm sure the amount of money that is wasted on travel is huge. It only takes a little time to find cheap flights online. ...more »

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ELIMINATE COMMERCIAL AIRLINE CONTRACT FLIGHTS

There is very little need for GSA exclusive contracts with airline companies that charge the government extraordinary amount for the same flight. Government workers can book their own flights online for hundreds, even thousands less. For example, flights from DAY to DCA are about $1300 while it can be found on Kayak or Expedia for less than $300. Most travel are not cancelled, cancellation fees should be deductible ...more »

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Modifying Travel Per Diem Entitlements

There is an average amount (or more appropriately, percentage of the maximum) employees spend on travel expenses. This amount is almost certainly extremely close to the maximum allowed (or 100%), and certainly not the minimum possible. Employees should be compensated for spending less than this average amount, for instance, 50% of the savings. As an example, if I spend $60/night at a hotel instead of the average $90/night ...more »

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Make DTS User Friendly

Currently it takes several hours to process a travel authorization or claim on DTS. It is so much easier using a commercial site. Nothing about DTS is user friendly. Need to fix and simplify so we stop wasting an inordinate amount of time.

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hotel room at per diem

If hotel room actual expense is cheaper to book outside the government rate, incorporate that into the DTS options when creating an authorization. Often times the per diem rate is higher than the cheapest rate offered.

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