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Conditional Routing: TRAVEL MODE ROUTE (For DTAs)

Efficiency is a lovely thing.  And when you incorporate it into your travel program, you look like a hero (sans the cape).

Here’s an efficiency tip you might want to incorporate into your routing lists: TRAVEL MODE ROUTE (no, we’re not yelling at you – that’s just how it appears in DTS).

You may be asking, “What is TRAVEL MODE ROUTE?”

Well, it’s a process name assigned to a conditional routing element.  For you newer DTAs, conditional routing allows DTS to bypass a Routing Official when a specific condition doesn’t exist on a travel document. In other words, conditional routing saves a person from conducting unnecessary reviews, such as your foreign travel expert reviewing documents for CONUS-bound trips.  But we digress…

TRAVEL MODE ROUTE designates a conditional Routing Official for a specific transportation mode and/or method of payment.

Example: You have a Reviewing Official (RO) that reviews every authorization on the outside chance that the traveler used a CBA to pay for a commercial flight.  Solution: Use the TRAVEL MODE ROUTE process name and specify the “CP-C” (commercial plane-CBA) option.  Going forward, DTS will bypass the RO unless a traveler pays for a commercial flight with a CBA.

Another example: You have a RO that reviews every authorization looking for people who want to drive their personal vehicle to the TDY location. What can you do to save that RO some unnecessary work?  You guessed it – use the TRAVEL MODE ROUTE process name – this time selecting the “PA” (private auto) option.  Henceforth, the RO will only have to review authorizations with “Private Auto TDY/TAD” mileage expenses.

With 21 different TRAVEL MODE ROUTE options to choose from, the possibilities are practically limitless. This is sure to be a feature you’ll want to incorporate into your routing lists.  Consider it a staunch ally in your quest for efficiency!

For more information about TRAVEL MODE ROUTE, check out the DTA Manual, Chapter 5: Routing Lists (particularly “Add Conditional Routing Elements” and Table 5-8 “Travel Modes”, which explains the meaning of all the travel mode codes, including the CP-C and PA codes that appeared in this article).


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