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SBU Travel Management Company, Direct Travel Mandate (December, 2022):

Stony Brook University Finance & Administration employees, including DoIT, will be mandated to use the Concur/DT online booking tool or arrange travel through DT’s agent-assisted phone services.  Those using sponsored research awards administered through the Research Foundation to book their travel are also strongly encouraged to use these services provided by DT.

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The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits certain federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing certain federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. 

 On December 5, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its intent to extend the REAL ID full enforcement date by 24 months, from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025.
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RF Credit Card Replaces Procurement Services (November, 2022):

Effective December 16, 2022 the following services will be ending.
  • The Research Central Travel Account (previously used to directly pay for airline/Amtrak tickets arranged via Euro Lloyd or Direct Travel)
  • Travel cash advances (with the exception of cash advances for subject cost and field expenses)
  • Buyer-assisted Amazon purchases through WolfMart - RF Credit Card holders will use the Amazon WolfMart punch-out to purchase directly from Amazon going forward

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Direct Travel/Concur Online Travel Booking Tool Coming Soon (November, 2022):

Starting in December, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Hospital and LISVH employees interested in booking travel on their own will be able to do so through Direct Travel’s online booking tool in Concur. Travelers can book airfare, train, hotel and rental car reservations, or delegate travel arrangements to other members of their staff. The system also allows for guest bookings (i.e. students, candidates, guest speakers). Training will take place on December 1st at 1pm via the Zoom link below.


New Travel Management Company (September, 2022):

Effective September 15, 2022 Direct Travel will assume the booking and managing of travel reservations for Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Hospital and the LISVH. For more information click Here.


New Credit Card Programs (August, 2022): 

The Procurement Office is excited to announce three new credit card programs that will provide employees with a convenient way to alleviate out of pocket travel expenses. Visit our website to apply for the RF Credit Card Program (P-Card and Travel Card in one), the State Travel Card Program, and/or the State Non-Employee Travel (NET) Card Program! Please direct any questions to the Travel and Card Program department


Federally Sponsored Awards (August, 2022) : 

Travelers using Research Foundation funds are strongly urged to purchase refundable air and rail tickets to ensure a refund is possible should it be necessary to cancel travel plans for any reason including COVID. Unused non-refundable tickets cannot be charged as an expense to federally sponsored research awards and in most cases any other award, even if the reason is due to Covid. Non-federal sponsors may allow these charges but award specific approval from the corresponding awarding agency is required before OGM will route to Travel AP for payment.


Trip Cancellations Due to COVID Event (August, 2022):

If a trip is canceled and nonrefundable airline tickets were purchased, every effort should be made to obtain a credit for the canceled travel with the respective carrier. If the airline carrier agrees to a credit, that credit should be used on a future business travel event (credit terms vary by carrier). Travelers are strongly encouraged to cancel and/or request credits for all other travel reservations (conference registrations, lodging, car service, car rentals, etc.); please refer to the vendor’s cancellation policies. If not refunded, with proper justification and documentation, these costs may be considered for reimbursement when charging a State, RF Non-Sponsored Award (IDC), and some Non-Federally Sponsored Award.


State-Issued Credit Cards (July, 2022) :

SUNY Central and Stony Brook University are transitioning to a new contract for state-issued credit cards with JP Morgan Chase, beginning in September 2022. Existing P-Card, Travel and NET cardholders should expect to receive program information and new cards in September


Paperless! P-Card Certifications (June, 2022):

Beginning with the June 7 - July 6, 2022 statement, cardholders will use the Concur system to submit their certification packets.


The Concur REQUEST module has replaced eFTR for international travel (April, 2022)


Concur is fully implemented at Stony Brook University (February, 2022):

Effective February 1st, 2022 all Employee Travel expenses should be submitted to the Travel Office through an Expense Report in Concur. Non-employees (Students and Guests) will continue to use the  paper voucher process.