In late 1999, the US Department of Commerce was looking for a product to streamline the agency’s complex and expensive Time & Attendance system, a mainframe-based product used throughout the organization. During that same period, Frank Owen and 3 partners began the design and development of a web-based Time & Attendance system that would be fast, cost-effective, and scalable. The goal was a product that could be sold as COTS (commercial, off-the-shelf software) and also be flexible enough to incorporate the widely-differing rules for timekeeping used by federal organizations.
The result was webTA, first released for sale in 2000.
Two major versions of webTA are in use by a variety of organizations within the US Government. Both versions are cloud-based systems used to track government employee time, leave allocations, and other payroll-related functions.