NEWS | Nov. 27, 2012

JB Charleston to launch new civilian timekeeping interface in December

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Joint Base Charleston is scheduled to implement a new, standardized timekeeping program that will interface with the current civilian pay system. It will go live for civilian employees in December.

JB Charleston's civilian timecards will move to the Automated Time Attendance and Production System, which will eliminate the old paper timecards beginning Dec. 16, 2012.

Currently, many Air Force civilians manually report their hours using paper timecards, according to 2nd Lt. Steven Parker, 628th Comptroller Squadron financial services officer. ATAAPS allows users to enter their time and allows supervisors to approve it electronically, providing an audit trail, while increasing the accuracy of financial statements.

Why transition to ATAAPS?

"The current timekeeping process is labor intensive and not easily auditable," said Staff Sgt. Lourditha Quintanilla, 628th CPTS financial services supervisor.
"ATAAPS will support audit readiness."

Time and attendance processes are part of the Civilian Pay Assessable Unit supporting the Statement of Budgetary Resources, which must be auditable by FY14, said Quintanilla. The new interface will also address civilian pay financial reporting risk as identified by the Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness Team.

To get started with ATAAPS, visit

"ATAAPS has been in use with the Army and other organizations for years now and has a good track record," said Parker. "Transitioning to a standardized, paperless timecard will streamline the civilian pay process and allow for more focus on the mission."

The system is expected to be in use Air Force-wide by June 2013.

For more information, visit or contact your timekeeper.