Defense Travel System

Privacy and Ethics Policy

Please read the following DoD Privacy and Ethics Policy concerning DTS website, travel, and usage. By signing in to the DTS Systems, you agree to the terms and conditions of use.


You are accessing a U.S. Government (USG) Information System (IS) that is provided for USG-authorized use only. By using this IS (which includes any device attached to this IS), you consent to the following conditions:

  • The USG routinely intercepts and monitors communications on this IS for purposes including, but not limited to, penetration testing, COMSEC monitoring, network operations and defense, personnel misconduct (PM), law enforcement (LE), and counterintelligence (CI) investigations.
  • At any time, the USG may inspect and seize data stored on this IS.
  • Communications using, or data stored on, this IS are not private, are subject to routine monitoring, interception, and search, and may be disclosed or used for any USG-authorized purpose.
  • This IS includes security measures (e.g., authentication and access controls) to protect USG interests--not for your personal benefit or privacy.
  • Notwithstanding the above, using this IS does not constitute consent to PM, LE or CI investigative searching or monitoring of the content of privileged communications, or work product, related to personal representation or services by attorneys, psychotherapists, or clergy, and their assistants. Such communications and work product are private and confidential. See User Agreement for details.



  • Have completed the necessary training with regards to Security Awareness and Safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information.
  • Ensure that data is not posted, stored or available in any way for uncontrolled access on any media.
  • Ensure that data is protected at all times as required by the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 USC 552a(I)(3)) as amended and other applicable DoD regulatory and statutory authority; data will not be shared with offshore contractors; data from the application, or any information derived from the application, shall not be published, disclosed, released, revealed, shown, sold, rented, leased or loaned to anyone outside of the performance of official duties without prior DMDC approval.
  • Delete or destroy data from downloaded reports upon completion of the requirement for their use on individual projects.
  • Ensure data will not be used for marketing purposes.
  • Ensure distribution of data from a DMDC application is restricted to those with a need-to-know. In no case shall data be shared with persons or entities that do not provide documented proof of a need-to-know.
  • Be aware that criminal penalties under section 1106(a) of the Social Security Act (42 USC 1306(a)), including possible imprisonment, may apply with respect to any disclosure of information in the application(s) that is inconsistent with the terms of application access. The user further acknowledges that criminal penalties under the Privacy Act (5 USC 552a(I)(3)) may apply if it is determined that the user has knowingly and willfully obtained access to the application(s) under false pretenses.


Travelers must comply with the Federal and Departmental ethics rules when accepting travel benefits (i.e. goods, services, or payment) from non-Federal sources. For DoD personnel, see Joint Ethics Regulation, DoD 5500.7-R, Chapter 4. Travelers may keep items of nominal value (as defined in applicable ethics regulations). Travelers may also keep benefits received for voluntarily vacating a seat on an over-booked flight, but are not to vacate their seat if the Government would incur additional costs or if it would affect the mission.


AUTHORITY: 5 U.S.C. 57, Travel, Transportation, and Subsistence; DoD Directive 5100.87, Department of Defense Human Resources Activity; DoD Instruction 5154.31, Volume 3, Commercial Travel Management: Defense Travel System (DTS); DoD Financial Management Regulation 7000.14-R, Vol. 9, Defense Travel System Regulation, current edition; DoD Directive 4500.09E, Transportation and Traffic Management; DTR 4500.9-R, Defense Transportation Regulation, Parts I, Passenger Movement, II, Cargo Movement, III, Mobility, IV, Personal Property, V, Customs; 41 C.F.R. 300-304, The Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Joint Travel Regulations, Uniformed Service Members and DoD Civilian Employees; and E.O. 9397 (SSN), as amended.

PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): The purpose of DTS is to provide a DoD-wide travel management process which will cover all official travel, from pre-travel arrangements to post-travel payments. The system facilitates the processing of official travel requests for DoD personnel and other individuals who travel pursuant to DoD travel orders. DTS provides information to financial systems to provide the reimbursement of travel expenses incurred by individuals while traveling on official business. DTS includes a tracking and reporting system whereby DoD can monitor the authorization, obligation, and payment for such travel.

ROUTINE USE: To Federal and private entities providing travel services for purposes of arranging transportation and lodging for those individuals authorized to travel at government expense on official business. To the Internal Revenue Service to provide information concerning the pay of travel allowances which are subject to federal income tax. To banking establishments for the purpose of confirming billing or expense data. See the applicable System of Records Notice for a complete listing of routine uses: DMDC 28 DoD, Defense Travel System (DTS) located at

DISCLOSURE: Voluntary, however, failure to provide all of the requested information may preclude the processing of both the travel request and the claim for reimbursement.

The public reporting burden for this collection of information, 0704-0577, is estimated to average 10 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding the burden estimate or burden reduction suggestions to the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, at Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number.