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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Defense Travel System delayed for landing

"Budget cuts will stretch the deployment of the Defense Travel System into fiscal 2007 and indefinitely delay the rollout of one of its new features, the travel system's program director said May 3.

DTS, the Pentagon's end-to-end travel and financial management system, has had nearly $10 million cut from its budget since fiscal 2003, said Air Force Col. Brandy Johnson. Last year, Johnson said DTS would be available at 11,000 Defense Department sites by the end of fiscal 2006.

Johnson said DTS will be at most large bases, offices and other Defense facilities by October. But about 1,100 to 1,600 sites will still be without the system that is eventually expected to save $234 million of the military's yearly $8.8 billion travel costs.

Johnson said the delay is not cause for concern. "

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