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GovTravels 2017


The Defense Travel Management Office not only participated in the National Defense Transportation Association's GovTravels 2017 symposium, but co-sponsored this event for the first time. GovTravels is a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing travel managers across the federal government and the travel industry.  It provides a relevant backdrop to help inform the strategic direction of the Defense Travel Enterprise as we consider new technologies and adopt applicable industry best practices. 

2017 Agenda

GovTravels 2017 sessions focused on the theme "Optimizing for Smarter Travel."  The full agenda is available at: but here are some of the highlights:

  • Panel discussion on modernizing travel management with industry and government executives, including  Mr. Bill Booth, the Director, Defense Human Resources Activity and Mr. William Mansell, Director of the Defense Travel Management Office, and moderated by Mr. Jonathan Mostowski, Procurement Advisor, U.S. Digital Service.

  • Guest speaker, Tim Burke, GSA – Mr. Burke serves as the Government-wide Category Manager for Travel & Lodging and presented his thoughts on Category Management for travel.

  • Thoughts on  cyber security in the passenger travel industry by Mr. Jeffrey Stutzman, co-founder and CEO of Red Sky Alliance & Wapack Labs

  • Presentations by government and industry leaders on issues impacting travel services

  • DTMO-hosted Professional Development sessions:

    • DoD Travel System Modernization & Sustainment Initiatives – This session provided both an overview and demonstration of the DoD Travel System Pilot and an overview of the latest initiatives underway to sustain DoD's legacy system until the Department fields its next generation travel system. (Download the Slides)

    • New Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) – This session will provide an overview of the new JTR framework and DoD's progress towards travel policy simplification. (Download the Slides)

    • DoD Commercial Travel Programs – This session will provide an overview of the commercial travel programs managed by DTMO. (Download the Slides)

    • Maximizing Visibility into DoD Travel Spend This session will provide an overview of DTMO's initiatives to create the business intelligence to generate return on investment for the DoD and the taxpayers. (Download the Slides)

    • DoD Lodging Program 101 – This session provided an overview of DoD Preferred commercial lodging that is part of the DoD Integrated Lodging Program. (Download the Slides)

    • DoD Integrated Lodging Program & DoD Preferred:  An Update for Industry - This session provided an update on the DoD Lodging Program Pilot focusing on DoD Preferred commercial lodging.  (Download the Slides)

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