Posted on May 17, 2016
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I loathe DTS. Yet another authorization kicked back. This time because of the SECDEF statement.

What is this new SECDEF statement that must be included in the travel authorization? Where can I find this statement? Also, is there a MILPER or some policy letter that I missed about this.

Thank you for your assistance.
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CSM David Heidke
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The worst part is that DTS was supposed to make getting reimbursed for travel expenses faster and more streamlined. But self righteous higher headquarters have not pushed permissions down to the lowest level they can so they can treat quarters like manhole covers. I've seen delinquent GTC lists expand exponentially because some lazy mil-tech can't click the approve button within 60 days of the entry of a voucher.
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I share your frustration CSM Heidke!
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CPT Joseph K Murdock
CPT Joseph K Murdock
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I suggest a meeting where the DTS Clerk has to justify taking 60 days to settle a voucher when it should be done in 2-3 days. I am serious. The cardinal rules for Fiscal Law are Time, Amount, and Purpose. I would be furious if it took me 60 days.
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CSM David Heidke
CSM David Heidke
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CPT Joseph K Murdock - I hear you, Cap. The problem is that this "clerk" is in higher headquarters. Even though she is a mil-tech she feels that she has authority over me. It's frustrating the lack of respect that I get. Soldiers of differing echelons think they wield the power that the echelon has and not the rank they hold.

And... I'm retired now, so I can't do anything about it.

I also think I've been a good barometer on how Soldiers were treated in my unit. If they treated a BN CSM like garbage, they were surely treating Soldiers worse.
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CSM David Heidke
CSM David Heidke
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CPT Joseph K Murdock - also... I entered an authorization for travel for an event in April... It has yet to be approved. I charged my room to my government credit card, attended the event... Then retired. The authorization is still not approved or disapproved. treated like crap.
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There are two mandatory comments.

1. Fiscal Year fund statement (checkbox in DTS)

2. Other: Travel cannot be accomplished less expensively by correspondence, Secure VTC, teleconferencing, or other web-based means per JTR 4000 Item C2.
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CPT Joseph K Murdock
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Edited 5 y ago
When I ran a budget shop, I created a users SOP and sent it out to the units. That minimized calls. Also, travelers were getting their reimbursements in 2-3 days.
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CSM David Heidke
CSM David Heidke
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I wish you were in my BDE!
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CPT Joseph K Murdock
CPT Joseph K Murdock
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CSM David Heidke - I wished I could have helped your bde.
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