Time, Leave and Attendance Project

TLA IconThe goal of the Time, Leave and Attendance (TLA) Project is an efficient time, leave and attendance process that can work for all of state government. Initially, the program will focus on implementations at the departments of Transportation and Ecology (See Partnerships).

TLA leadership changes

Effective Dec. 8, 2014, leadership for the TLA project was transferred to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) as Human Resources business owner for the state, with Glen Christopherson, assistant director for State Human Resources, and Denise Doty, One Washington project director, at the helm.

Update from Project Director Denise Doty

There have been many recent changes with the TLA project, but the most important elements of the project remain constant. The commitment to successful implementation of TLA and providing a business solution to state government is unwavering. We know this is really hard work; pay and leave issues for state employees are complex and very sensitive. Here are important updates and changes.

Enterprise system designation

Over the summer, Glen Christopherson requested that the Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO) designate TLA as an enterprise system. On November 18, we learned that the answer was "not at this time." The door was left open for reconsideration of the request once certain actions are completed. The requirements include these initial steps:

  • "Strengthen the focus around the enterprise business solution by moving the day-to-day management of the project to the business owner.
  • "Strengthen the Organizational Change Management (OCM) by moving the activities to the business owner.
  • "Place the management of the budget and contract responsibility with the business owner."

Work on the requirements has begun. It will take some time to complete, and once done, we must tackle identifying in-kind project costs and updating the OCIO investment plan, updating the governance model, building a roadmap for agencies to be brought onto the system and identifying supplementary services and systems necessary for agency implementation.

Enterprise system designation matters because it directly affects who pays for the implementation and operation of the system. It is important to achieve that designation, and we will make sure to complete the OCIO's requirements.

Project leadership and management

In December, the leadership of the project transferred to OFM as business owner. Glen Christopherson is the project leader; he is also responsible for Human Resources policy and state collective bargaining agreements. Also at OFM is statewide accounting, with the responsibility for financial policies. Day-to-day leadership will be provided by Heide Cassidy of the One Washington project.

Returning leadership to the policy owner is, in part, due to the direction of the OCIO. It also just makes good business sense. Looking back a couple years, that responsibility was with the director of the Department of Personnel. Due to a combination of turnover in the leadership role and agency consolidation/reorganization, leadership ended up at the Department of Enterprise Services. Enterprise Services has shepherded the project along, and good work has been accomplished. But now is a good time for the project to return to the business owner. The move ensures a keen focus on the business purposes of the project and related processes. The direction and management of TLA fits well within the overall scope of the core financial systems and the One Washington project.

The path forward

The route to implementation was changed somewhat in December. Through discussions with WorkForce Software, we have concluded that resources for both the state and vendor are going to be focused on first implementing the Department of Ecology. The approach for the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be different. We are not changing the scope of the implementation of software delivered -- just the way the work is accomplished. After all, this project started with DOT, and we are committed to meeting those needs. The state will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for system configuration and implementation services for DOT. We will work closely with DOT on the RFP to ensure that we meet their needs. It is too soon to know what our schedule will be on the RFP

                                                                                        -- Denise Doty, Project Director