March 5, 2009
Highlights of GAO-09-416T, a testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives
In 1995, the Department of Defense (DOD) began an effort to implement a standard departmentwide travel system—the Defense Travel System (DTS). As part of its ongoing monitoring, GAO’s April 2008 testimony before this subcommittee highlighted challenges confronted by the department in its implementation efforts. GAO’s testimony today is based on its current follow-up work conducted at the request of this subcommittee, as well as the Subcommittee on Readiness. GAO’s testimony today focuses on the actions DOD has taken to
(1) implement previous GAO recommendations regarding implementation of DTS and related travel policies,
(2) phase out legacy travel systems and their associated costs, and
(3) implement electronic travel voucher processing. To address these objectives, GAO (1) analyzed specific documentation, such as test documentation, travel policies, and budget data, and (2) interviewed appropriate DOD travel personnel.
What GAO Recommends
Subsequent to this testimony, GAO plans to issue a report on the status of DOD’s actions on GAO’s previous recommendations, which will include any further recommendations needed to improve the department’s implementation of DTS and ensure its success in the future.
GAO (Government Accountability Office)