Defense travel system gets upgrades

The Defense Travel System has added two new tools to make travel planning quicker for administrators at hundreds of military installations.

Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Mission Systems sector released the Site Set-Up tool and Self-Registration module in a recent software upgrade, according to a company announcement.

With the Web-based, Site Set-Up tool, information is exchanged about a site's organizational structure, financial accounts and systems, and personnel.

'This tool allows interactive site set-up to occur through a question-and-answer process, similar to commercial tax preparation programs,' said Rich Fabbre, Northrop Grumman's DTS program manager. 'Gather your information, sit down, and enter it into the system. It's that easy.'

Individual travelers will use the Self-Registration tool to load personal data into DTS after their site's travel administrator has completed setup.

'The Self-Registration tool allows travelers to input their own addresses, Social Security and government credit card numbers, frequent-flier account information, and personal preferences such as aisle or window seats, all behind the encrypted security wall of DTS,' said Randy Butler, DTS deployment tools product manager.

Through DTS, Defense intends to automate and create a single user interface for travel management departmentwide. DOD awarded Northrop Grumman an eight-year, $267 million contract for the project in May 1998.

The system must interface with more than 40 accounting and disbursement systems, as well as Defense databases for tabulating rates for mileage and per-diem payments, a travel records repository, and DOD's public-key infrastructure. Users access DTS via the department's Non-Classified IP Router Network.

DOD expects 3.2 million Defense employees to use the system, which it plans to fully deploy by 2006.

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