Lisa ThompsonFree2000 and Time and Attendance?
What do Free2000 and the new statewide Time and Attendance project have in
common? The answer is Lisa Thompson, who recently joined Development Services, part of the
Bureau of Information Services (BIS), as a systems analyst. Before joining BIS, she worked
for the Maine State Retirement System (MSRS) and the Maine Department of Transportation
(MDOT), going from clerk typist to management analyst II. She earned her degree in
business by attending classes at the University of Maine over a period of years.
While at MDOT, she worked as a federal billing examiner, was a TELCO
coordinator, and managed the library and the records management program. From the fall of
1998 until recently, she worked as the project manager of Free2000, along with many other
DOT employees, especially those in Finance and Administration. Free2000 is a paper
reduction program whose aim was to turn three financial documents into electronic forms.
The first form that came online was the timesheet, which had a January 2000 production
date. The second form to come online recently was invoice coding sheets. The third, expense reimbursement, is due online this fall. The
goal is to reduce paper handling by 80%.
While at MDOT, she was also a longtime volunteer for MSECCA (Maine State
Employees Combined Charitable Appeal). She has solicited employee donations, led the DOT
campaign, and been involved in promotional video production. She plans on continuing on
the MSECCA planning and admissions committee and as a team leader throughout future
Since coming to BIS in July, Lisa has become the technical project manager
for the statewide Time and Attendance (TAMS) project; there is also a project manager for
Accounts and Control. TAMS is an initiative intended to standardize the time and
attendance process for state government, replace employee paper timesheets with an
automated Internet solution, and provide agencies with a means to track and report project
and cost allocations related to payroll. The TAMS technical team recently completed and
delivered the projects conceptual design, which outlines the systems
functionality. Functionality includes project cost accounting data, leave (vacation, sick,
personal, etc.) accounting, and interfaces with MFASIS and the new budget system (BFMS).
Lisa has spent much time interpreting business requirements, working with members of the
business team representing agencies throughout state government. The next phase is a
more-detailed design of the system, with construction scheduled to begin later in the
fall. The first phase of implementation is projected to begin in about a year. Users of
TAMS will be able to enter their timesheet data and view leave balances electronically.
Lisa lives in Randolph and is the mother of two sons, David and Alex, who
are ten and six. Her sons are involved in many sports: soccer, ice hockey, football, and
baseball. For Lisa, that means lots of time transporting and watching them play. They
enjoy a two-week summer vacation at Lily Bay State Park every year. They camp out and
enjoy summertime activities: fishing, swimming, hiking, and boating.