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E-Gov Travel System

Information on ETS, to include the FAQ page and training opportunities is located at https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/ppc/travel/ets/. Should units have direct questions regarding ETS workforce training, members should email the Travel Management Office at HQS-SMB-CG-1332-TravelManagementOffice@uscg.mil

Note: E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Implementation Update FourNew, provides guidance for ETS use in preparation for FY23 and required actions for users and approvers.

PCS Advances & PCS Claims: Until a new system is in place for PCS claims, we're using a combination of TPAX and ETS to calculate, approve and payout PCS advances and claims. Follow this procedure to submit PCS advances or claimsUpdated(June 23, 2022) 

ETS Webinars - Recordings of training webinars are posted on the ETS Training page . There are new courses for Financial Approvers and AOs. The course descriptions and slide decks are new as well. 

ETS Walkthroughsnew - These guides are annotated screenshots that walk users through various tasks in ETS. They are available on the ETS User Guides Page.

​Action Required: Preparing ETS Profiles Prior to Hurricane and Wildfire Season:  ALCOAST 199/22 requires all personnel (active duty, reservists, and civilians) to ensure their ETS accounts are active, and their profiles are up to date with all dependent information added, by 01 June. This is critical to enabling processing of dependent claims in ETS and reimbursement payments via FSMS.​

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ETS Introduction

ETS Background, Contacts, and FAQs

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The E-Gov Travel Service (ETS) is a governmentwide, web-based, world-class travel management service. This streamlined service continually applies commercial best practices to realize travel efficiencies and deliver a transparent, accountable, and sustainable service that yields exceptional customer satisfaction.

ETS enables the government to further consolidate travel services, platforms, and channels, improve leverage of government travel spending, reduce waste, and increase transparency for improved accountability. This directly aligns and supports the Office of Management and Budget Memo M-12-12 regarding Promoting Efficient Spending to Support Agency Operations with respect to travel.

ETS’s benefits and features include:

  • Optimized online travel planning enabling informed cost decisions, at the point-of-sale, by identifying the lowest available airfare that is policy compliant;
  • Create and manage travel authorizations, manage the approval process, submit vouchers, and receive reimbursements, all online;
  • Mobile capabilities allow the approval of authorizations and vouchers, receipt capture, and itinerary management; and
  • Flexible auditing based on agency business rules, which notify the traveler and the approver when a selection is out of compliance
  • System is fee based using GSA Master Contract Schedule for booking/vouchering. Cost is directly billed to the traveler and travel funds are allocated to reimburse the traveler at settlement.

Check the ETS Messages & Articles section (below) for more information about the ETS implementation. 

If you have any questions, please email Commandant (CG-1332), Travel Management Office, at HQS-SMB-CG-1332-TravelManagementOffice@uscg.mil.

 

Travel Assist Teams hotline: 1-866-800-USCG (8724). Due to the fees associated with troubleshooting issues directly with CWTSATO’s Customer Care Line, members are strongly discouraged to call CWTSATO directly but instead to work with their Authorizing Official and or Funds Manager. Authorizing Officials/Funds Managers should contact the Travel Assist Teams hotline: 1-866-800-USCG (8724) during the business hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., (EDT), Monday-Friday. Once they have called the hotline, they will be prompted to select a geographic region (west, central, or east time zones) for regional customer care; AOs/Commands stationed out of the continental U.S. (OCONUS) can select any region to be connected to a team member. If AOs/Funds Managers call PPC directly for assistance, the PPC Customer Care Team will direct callers to the Travel Assist Team hotline.

The Travel Assist Team (TAT) will now be available through the remainder of the fiscal year (FY22) to assist with travel claims.

ETS Accounts for Non-Coast Guard Travelers

ETS Accounts for Non-Coast Guard Travelers

Non-CG employees include Auxiliarists, Invitational Travelers, Coast Guard Academy Coaches, Chaplains, and other personnel who are not assigned an EMPLID in Direct Access. These travelers will be required to provide FINCEN with a Supplier Maintenance Request Form, which captures information to allow travel payments to be made to the members. Units sponsoring invitational travel will serve as travel arrangers for the Non-CG employee. FINCEN will provide a Supplier ID that will be used to build an ETS traveler profile. CG Auxiliary will build profiles for Auxiliarist and PPC will coordinate establishment of travel profiles for all other non-CG travelers. The supplier maintenance form is available below.

Non-Coast Guard travelers must complete the "Supplier Maintenance Request Form" to provide their direct-deposit information in order to be reimbursed for Coast Guard funded travel. 

Supplier Maintenance Request FormFile in PDF format

ETS Hotline 1-866-800-8724

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Travel Assist Teams hotline: 1-866-800-USCG (8724). Due to the fees associated with troubleshooting issues directly with CWTSATO’s Customer Care Line, members are strongly discouraged to call CWTSATO directly but instead to work with their Authorizing Official and or Funds Manager. Authorizing Officials/Funds Managers should contact the Travel Assist Teams hotline: 1-866-800-USCG (8724) during the business hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., (EDT), Monday-Friday. Once they have called the hotline, they will be prompted to select a geographic region (west, central, or east time zones) for regional customer care; AOs/Commands stationed out of the continental U.S. (OCONUS) can select any region to be connected to a team member. If AOs/Funds Managers call PPC directly for assistance, the PPC Customer Care Team will direct callers to the Travel Assist Team hotline. 

  • Only approving officials or fund approvers should contact TAT.  

ETS News & Announcements

Feb. 25, 2022

FSMS Update: Where to get help with travel vouchers or reimbursement claims

If you are having issues booking or getting reimbursed for TDY travel since the Coast Guard shifted to the Financial System Modernization Solution (FSMS), check out the latest guidance on the PPC ETS website for help.

Feb. 17, 2022

Financial Systems Modernization Solution (FSMS) Status

This ALCOAST provides a Financial Systems Modernization Solution (FSMS) update following go-live.

Feb. 16, 2022

Guidance for DA Orders Completion During FSMS

​ALCGPSC message 027/22​ provides an update for processing permanent change of station (PCS) orders for members who executed a PCS in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). P&A offices in coordination with SPOs will have until close of business 17 Feb 2022 to complete all necessary administrative and payroll transactions associated with reporting members in from PCS, including completion of supporting actions for member pay and entitlements. Limited time exists to complete P&A and SPO actions and PPC ticket resolution prior to the SPO payroll cutoff.​

Feb. 10, 2022

E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Implementation Update (No. Three)

This ALCOAST provides an update after the Financial Systems Modernization Solution (FSMS) interface with ETS activated on 07 January 2022. While there have been many successes in vouchering travel involving the prior and current fiscal years, there continue to be challenges related to incorrect funding information and missing employee information in FSMS.

Feb. 4, 2022

ETQC Training Advisory 005-22, Guidance for A and C School Travelers and Command Representatives

Direct Access (DA) Training Administration System (TAS) has been reactivated following the successful conversion of Financial Systems Modernization Solution (FSMS) accounting data for FY22 "A" & "C" School orders. Although the system is online, the interface between DA, FSMS, and ETS is experiencing unforeseen complications in the processing of "A" & "C" School orders.

Dec. 8, 2021

Reserve Component use of Contracted Airline Fares for IDT

This ALCOAST serves to bring awareness to and provide instructions for using the General Services Administration's (GSA) Airline City Pairs Program (CPP). This program, while not mandatory but authorized lessens the burden for Reserve component travel for IDT by allowing the purchase of contracted government fares. An added benefit is CPP fares can be reserved last minute and are refundable. Members are responsible for service fees.

Nov. 15, 2021

FSMS Cutover Over Extension to Delay ETS Voucher Submissions

Per ALCOAST 411/21 (below), FSMS cutover has been delayed two weeks.  You will not be able to voucher in ETS until FSMS is “LIVE”.  Please continue to keep all of your records (orders, receipts, reservations and any travel documents) in order.  You will need these when you voucher/reconcile your travel.

Oct. 4, 2021

ETS First Logon and ADVTRAV Profile Data Transfer

Per ALCOAST 361/21, the entire Coast Guard workforce (military, civilian and reserve) will receive invitations via an email from etravelservices@cwtsatotravel.com on 04 October 2021 to activate your account. These invitations will expire within 72 hours; failure to activate in the required timeline will create additional administrative workload on support staff. Commands should ensure all service members are provided adequate time to complete the activation process. Accounts will remain active for 90 days and members who have not logged on will receive a reminder to log in or risk the accounts being disabled.

Sept. 9, 2021

E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Training Schedule Updated.

The new travel system, E-Gov Travel System (ETS), implementation will begin on October 1, 2021. With such a significant transition, we are introducing a series of multiple two to four hour training sessions via virtual webinar sessions. These webinars will be available each week (including two Sunday sessions in October for Reservists) leading up to go-live, and will continue on a bi-weekly basis after go-live until the new calendar year.

Aug. 26, 2021

Video: E-Gov Travel System (ETS) Training Begins on August 31

Master Chief Petty Officer Patricia Pilkington talks about the new travel system E-Gov Travel System, or ETS, coming on board Oct 1, 2021. Pilkington talks about training that users can expect to undergo prior to the new system going live at the beginning of the new fiscal year.

ETS Roles
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A traveler is a person who may travel on a government orders because they meet one of the following criteria:

  • A civilian employee in the government service
  • A member of the uniformed or foreign services of the United States government
  • A contractor working under a contract with an executive agency

Travelers can manage travel documents for their own travel. As a traveler, you can also perform these actions for other travelers who have given you permission to arrange their travel. In E2, any user, regardless of user type or role, can perform traveler and travel arranger functions.

Travelers select other users to be their travel arrangers in their profile. Certain users within a workgroup, however, may be designated as arrangers for all travelers within their group; they can automatically arrange travel for others without traveler selection.

 

This role was referred to as a Proxy in TPAX. A travel arranger is a user who can make trip arrangements, or take other actions, for another user via the Travel for Others feature. If you are frequently unable to access the web, a travel arranger can be helpful.

  • Travelers can select other users to perform travel arranger functions on their behalf in their E2 user profile. These users are referred to as designated travel arrangers. As a designated travel arranger, you can arrange travel for the person who selected you as an arranger. (You can be a designated travel arranger for one person or multiple people.)
  • Your office, workgroup, or agency may permit select users to arrange travel for travelers within their group, without being designated as an arranger in each traveler's E2 user profile. A user with this permission has the role of arranger and will see enhanced filter options on the Travel for Others page.

 

Also known as a Federal Supervisory Travel Approver and was known as an Approving Official (AO) in TPAX.

An approver can approve, revise, route, and print travel documents for users within a specified approval hierarchy.

 

Depending on customer policy settings, auditors perform audits to ensure adherence to such items as:

  • Agency expense policies
  • Usage of proper accounting strings
  • Corroboration of expenses with attached receipts
  • Review of remarks and document history to assure that other trip guidance has been followed
  • Comparison with other travel team documents

Your workgroup can have only one type of audit enabled: pre-payment or post-payment.

  • Pre-payment audits take place after a voucher has received final approval but before funds are reimbursed.
  • Post-payment audits take place after a voucher has a status of Closed Voucher.

 

An administrator, or travel policy manager, is an E2 user within an organizational structure who has a specific set of advanced permissions. Administrators can assist you with travel policy questions specific to your agency, as well as with other issues related to E2 features and functions.