The Automated Time Attendance and Production System is an application that captures how many hours of labor is performed according to a particular task as a method to record both attendance and time. The ATAAPS is a program that is distributed by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and is a web program hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency. The ATAAPS application is designed to be used by government agencies paid through the Defense Civilian Payroll System.
Civilian employees working for the Department of Defense and other relevant government agencies use the ATAAPS as a method to enter both attendance and work time information, which associates employees with a particular task, such as comp time, leave and overtime. The ATAAPS is linked to the DCPS and is used as an automated data source to help the organization facilitate payroll effectively. The ATAAPS is stated to be a cost-reducing application that helps government agencies link their payroll data to the secure DISA system at the Defense Enterprise Computing Centers, as of 2015.
Users in the ATAAPS are divided into five categories, each with a different level of authority, including employees, timekeepers, certifiers, system administrators and super users. Government agencies that need to obtain access to ATAAPS are required to fill out a Service Request Form through their respective Mission Partner Engagement Executives.