Magazine article National Defense

Cutting Paperwork for Defense Travel Results in Savings of Millions of Dollars

Magazine article National Defense

Cutting Paperwork for Defense Travel Results in Savings of Millions of Dollars

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First the bad news. According to a recent study, the defense travel system (DTS), the Pentagon's primary travel agent, is one of the least efficient and most expensive of its kind in all of government. This is especially troubling when one considers that the military sends more people to more places than any other branch of government. More than eight million travel vouchers are issued each year by the Defense Department.

The report, generated by business executives for national security (BENS)- a Washington D.C.-based business advocacy group, claims a military traveler can look forward to as many as seven hours of paperwork before departure and then, upon completion of the mission, may wait up to 15 days for expense reimbursement.

Now the good news: efforts are under way to reduce the hassle and expense. By the end of this year Defense Department travelers should be seeing the effects of a restructured travel management system which will mirror more efficient systems at use in the private sector. …

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