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This web site is intended to enhance our mission and vision in providing support and services to the staff, students, and other customers of the Naval Postgraduate School. We provide a number of resources here to help you make travel plans, check travel regulations, view current rates, resolve problems, and suggest improvements to our service.

 Defense Travel System (DTS) Home Page

  • Access to DTS (2 Aug 2011)
    Welcome to the new era of government travel that can really take you places. Featuring the best practices in industry and plug-and-play components, Defense Travel System streamlines the entire process involved in global Department of Defense (DoD) travel.

Announcements / News

  • Approval of Travel Authorizations (27 March 2014)
     a. All NPS travel requires the prior approval of the President of NPS and your AO. You must have BOTH approvals in place before you depart.
     b. The DTS system will automatically notify you via email when your AO has approved your travel request.
     c. When the President of NPS approves your travel, you will receive a confirmation email from the Travel Officer (on the date of approval). This email will be your sole confirmation. You may wish to scan this notification into your travel authorization as attestation of approval.  
     d. Do not travel without both approvals in advance. If you have not received your email notice of the NPS President’s approval by the day before departure, and by Thursday for Saturday through Monday planned departures, contact the Travel Officer or Chief of Staff to determine the status of your approval.

  • New POV Mileage Rate (31 January 2014)
    The POV mileage rate, effective 1 January 2014, is $0.56/mile vice $0.565.

  • Post-shutdown Travel Guidance (17 October 2013)
    Rules for TAD/TDY travel have basically returned to those that were in effect before the gov't. shutdown. Detailed guidance is shown here.

  • FY14 Contract City Pair Flights (12 September 2013)
    The city pair contracts are posted here and are now available in DTS. Monterey to Baltimore/Washington airport (BWI) is now a contract on United Air Lines for $166 one-way. There is no contract flight to Dulles, but the flight to Reagan is $415 one-way, and the airline is American. See this handout for how to enter Baltimore as the destination airport.

  • Gift of Travel SOP (16 August 2013)
    The approval process for Gift of Travel has been updated to permit the President of NPS to approve travel gifts up to $12,000. They must still cover all travel expenses. The SOP is located here.

  • Non-DoD Conference Attendance (27 February 2014)
     In accordance with DoD memo dated 29 Sept 2012 and CHNAVPERS memo dated 5 Apr 2013, approval is required (no matter the cost) for all Department of the Navy (DoN) employees attending non-DoD hosted conferences.  Priority for attendance will be given to personnel in speaking/presenting roles.  All request packages will be created by the Travel Office, submitted to the President, NPS for mission essential determination and signature, and submitted to Department of the Navy Assistant for Administration (DoN/AA) via Director, Navy Staff (DNS) for final approval.
     Complete and submit the Non-DoD Conference Attendance Request Form, along with a copy of the Conference Agenda, to the Travel Officer or on the Non-DoD Conference wiki.  The Travel Office will contact the attendees and/or point of contact (POC) for the event to complete the required forms.  Additionally, each request will be posted on the wiki for 72 hours prior to submission to ensure that all NPS attendees are accounted for in the request.  
     All requests must be entered into the Navy Tasker system 30 days prior to event if the total cost to NPS is less than $100,000 or 120 days prior if the total NPS cost is greater than $100,000.  To ensure your request can be processed by the Travel Office, reviewed by the Provost, signed by the President, and entered into the Tasker system by those deadlines, please submit them 45 and 135 days (respectively) prior to the conference start date.  The request Form should include all NPS travelers who are attending the conference.  The Travel Office will arrange all travel in connection with this request in DTS. Once submitted, attendees and designated POCs will receive automated updates on the conference approval process via the Non-DoD wiki.

  • Important Travel Approval Reminders (4 June 2013)
    Since all travel authorizations must be certified as mission essential by the President, they must be entered into DTS ten days prior to departure date, and they must include a detailed Trip Description. For non-DoD conference attendance, which must be approved in both SECNAV and OPNAV offices, requests should be submitted to the Travel Office six weeks prior to the event. Details on these requirements are available here.

  • New Invitational Travel Procedures (ITA SOP) (31 May 2013)
    The procedure for ITA's has changed. Invitational travelers now must use contract city pairs or other government rates for all flights; and government contract rental cars, if authorized. New procedures and forms are posted on the Rules and SOPs page.



NPS Travel Points of Contact

  • The Travel Office is open from 0800 to 1600 Monday through Friday, except it will be closed from 1330 to 1430 on Wednesday for a meeting.
    COMM 831-656-2041
    DSN is 756-2041
    Fax 831-656-7632 or DSN 756-7632.

  • Our official address is:
    Naval Postgraduate School
    Travel Office
    1 University Circle, Building 220
    Herrmann Hall - Room 038
    Monterey, California 93943

  • Travel Officer
    COMM 831-656-2912

  • NPS Travel Office Passport Agent
    Travel Office
    COMM 831-656-2247
    Available by appointment 0730-1600

  • DTS Contact Numbers for Help Desks of other commands - Link

  • SATO:
    NPS Bldg. 300
    855 744-4657 | FAX 866 352-9235 (both toll-free)
    After hours: 800-359-9999 (toll-free)

  • G2 Software Systems contractors working with the Defense Travel System Software

  • Lead DTA
    1-866-817-5245 x170
    Herrmann Hall - Room 038

  • NPS DTS Help Desk:
    1-866-817-5245 ext 2 | FAX (619) 226-8025
    Physically Located in San Diego
    DTS Help Desk:

  • DTS Instructor, x3192 | Cell 277-0622
    Herrmann Hall - Room 038

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