DTS Software Release Rescheduled for 8/3: Changes to the Expenses, Per Diem, and Accounting Screens
Please be aware that the DTS software release implementing changes to the DTS Expenses, Per Diem, and Accounting screens is rescheduled for Friday, August 3, 2018. This will include four hours of system downtime starting at 2100 EDT that day. This release, originally implemented on July 13, 2018, was rolled back due to observed system performance degradation. Software engineers have corrected those issues.
As a reminder, this release aims to improve the way travelers identify per diem allowances and the monetary aspects of a trip. It is the next of a series of updates to the User Experience (UX)/User Interface (UI) which aims to modernize the look and feel, and improve navigation and usability of the system. Key changes included in this release include:
-- The tools used to enter per diem allowances will be moved from the Expenses module to create a new Per Diem module.
-- Per diem allowances can be viewed for each individual day of a trip or collapsed into blocks of days with identical allowances.
-- Travelers are able to select Lines of Accounting (LOA) and request scheduled partial payments (SPPs) and travel advances – if eligible to receive them – from a single screen.
-- Many of the functions that are not eligible for selection are greyed out.
The following resources are available to provide you a better understanding of this release:
1. A complete description of functionality including screenshots, is available through the “Per Diem & Accounting Modules DTS Update Look-Ahead Information Paper” available at https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Docs/Look_Ahead_IP_3.pdf
2. A listing of the software release contents is available at https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/DTSOutreach/Software_Maintenance_Release(JUL-11-18).pdf
3. Release functionality was implemented in the Enterprise Web Training System (EWTS) on July 11, 2018.
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