A New Travel System Is Coming to Replace the Antiquated DTS

U.S. service members and families arrive on Osan Air Base.
U.S. service members and families arrive on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 13, 2016. (U.S. Army/Pfc. Jillian Hix, 20th Public Affairs Detachment)

The Department of Defense has approved a new contract to replace its current Defense Travel System, or DTS, reporting process.

The new system, scheduled to be fully online by fiscal 2025, will be known as "MyTravel." It will allow military travelers to buy plane tickets, make hotel reservations and file for travel reimbursement from one online location.

The cloud-based system will be created, administered and hosted by Concur Technologies, which, according to contract documents, has experience working with the DoD and has "worked on integration [and] DoD cybersecurity compliance for the past three years."

The current DTS travel system was created by the DoD and has been around in one form or another since 1998. There have been several modifications and updates throughout the years, but the costs of maintaining it are becoming prohibitive, according to contract documents.

FedScoop.com reported that the new contract is worth $374 million.

The DoD predicts that migrating from the current system to the new subscription-based civilian designed system will give taxpayers overall cost savings and provide improved usability.

The new travel system will be phased in over the next three years. The DoD anticipates that all leave, medical, training and exercise travel will be processed through it by 2025. When fully operational, the travel system should process more than 3.8 million transactions annually, according to the contract documents.

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