October 4, 2012

Paul Laurent, Disbursing Liaison

5 Questions

1. Briefly, how does the DTS (Defense Travel System) work?

DTS is a fully integrated, electronic, end to end travel management system that automates Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) for the Department of Defense (DOD).  It allows travelers to create AUTHORIZATIONS, book reservations, receive approval, generate VOUCHERS for reimbursement, and direct payments to their bank accounts and the Government Travel charge Card (GTCC) vendor, all via a single Web Portal.

2. What are the most recent changes to DTS?

Beginning October 1, 2012, any travel authorization that includes air travel must be approved and ticketed at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled flight departure to avoid airline reservations from being cancelled. This is due to a new policy being instituted by the airlines under the FY13 GSA City Pair contract. Those travelers making travel plans within 72 hours of departure must have their authorization approved and tickets issued within 24 hours of creation to avoid cancellation. If making travel plans within 24 hours of departure, authorizations must be approved and ticketed at least 6 hours prior to flight departure time.

3. What is the most common gripe you’ve heard on station?

DTS is slow; not user friendly.

4.What can Marines do to better prepare themselves for using DTS for government business?

An individual can go to the DTS main page at; and do the online training to familiarize themselves with how DTS operates.  Each organization is set up differently but here at the Installation/HHS Organization we have trained individuals designated as Non-Defense Entry Agents (NDEA) in each department/division who either creates the AUTHORIZATION/VOUCHER or who assist the individual. We are also the Tier 2 Travel Support Section for the Installation/HHS Organization and will assist the traveler when the NDEA is not available or there is a situation above the NDEA capabilities.

5. How does DTS affect Marines on TAD or FAP orders when serving with a unit outside their parent command?

Any Marine that is TAD for more than 30 days (TAD excess), should be administratively attached to that TAD Command for admin support and moved under that commands organization for DTS support. For TAD less than 30 days, the individual is still supported by their parent command.  Some DTS Administrators have Read Only Access (ROA) which means we have the capability to “see” all AUTHORIZATIONS/VOUCHERS Marine Corps wide but are not able to make adjustments to the documents. FAP personnel essentially become part of the FAP command and should be under that Command’s DTS organization.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


Courtesy photograph

POW recalls ‘hidden treasure’ in lessons learned

Courtesy photograph Retired Col. Lee Ellis, a prisoner of war who spent five and a half years in the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War, spoke at the Air Force Academy’s National Character and Leadership Sy...

Drivers continue to find road bumpy after answering automobile ads

An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’...

The not-so-great American gun-grab

YUMA, Ariz. – In the wake of a recent tragedy, everyone from politicians to the talking heads in the media to the average Joe on the street has been talking about gun control. So far, the one measurable result of all this talk has been an explosion in the sales of firearms people fear may...


Listening to Superiors

There is something to say about a lower enlisted Marine with an opinion, and that is they should have a limited one especially when time is of the essence. For most young Marines in the Corps words like, “We don’t pay you to think,” have been said to them on more than one occasion. There...

5 Questions: Lt. Daniel Chung

1.) What services do chaplains offer to military personnel? We offer spiritual guidance and advice but also counseling. So if Marines or Sailors come in with marriage problems or stress at work they can come and speak with a chaplain. Some of us have professional degrees but most don’t so it’s not like talking to...

Chaplain’s Corner: Christmas

What is Christmas to you? For me it is my favorite time of the year! As a Christian, I do celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The greatest gift the world has ever or will ever receive. But, not everyone believes as I do. So, what does Christmas mean to you? Too me, I love...


Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>