Department of Defense

DO AWAY WITH THE DEFENCE TRAVEL SYSTEM (DTS) AND OPT FOR AMUCH MORE STREAMLINED SYSTEM WHICH GIVES LINKS TO COMERAL TRAVEL SITES

DTS is a complicated and costly system, not only does it not book the travel electronically for you, it go to a travel agency that dose that and charges you a fee. The next problem is it bases all of its air fares on the GSA City Pares program. You can almost always go to commercial sites like Expedia or Orbitz and find lower fares, the GAS City Pairs program is costly and just need to done away with completely, Suggestion #10061. Booking Hotels is handles much the same way and you always have to check to see if you actually have a reservation. Again this can be done via a commercial site and for less that the Per Diem rate in most cases and rental cars in much the same way. DTS is complicated, its down or running slow more often than it’s up and it flags some of the most ridicules item that you need to justify before it will let you process you travel. We need to opt for a DST lite which allows you to put in some info for your TDY and then takes you to commercial sites to book the travel and brings back to sublimit you travel for approval. This will save the DoD as much a a 100 Million dollars in just a short time. It could also be coupled with incentives for the traveler for saving money on the published Per Diem rates. This then becomes a win, win for traveler and the DoD and again a huge time and money saver.

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