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Release No: 496-95
September 13, 1995


Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) John Hamre has approved new procedures to process, pay and audit temporary duty travel in the Department of Defense.

Beginning October 1, 1995, reimbursements for temporary duty travel will be automatically sent via electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly to the bank accounts of servicemembers and DoD employees. Unless employees have established separate EFT accounts for travel pay, the amount will be sent to the account used for payroll purposes. There will still be provisions to make emergency or short notice cash or check payments at the local level should the need arise.

Travelers will receive a notice in the mail for each travel reimbursement sent by electronic funds transfer.

This procedure will allow the Department to issue travel reimbursements in a more timely fashion: EFT reduces the time required to process and issue a government check by one to two days. It is also a safer method to issue reimbursements.

At the beginning of October as well, the Department will eliminate the requirement to obtain paper nonavailability statements to justify reimbursement for commercial lodging and per diem payments. In a third travel-related change, DoD will implement random sampling procedures for auditing temporary duty travel vouchers. This approach will replace the current total audit of vouchers with those using statistical sampling techniques. These procedures should speed the processing of travel vouchers, leading to greater customer satisfaction.

These measures are part of the ongoing effort within the Department of Defense to reengineer temporary duty travel, kicked off in January 1995. The overall program is focused on using the best business practices currently available in the commercial arena.

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