tpattison wrote:I believe what my Designer is after is the start time of the COBOL program itself, as opposed to a Jobstream which contains it as a step
I'm sure there are functions in Cobol that will give you the current date and time. Just execute them as soon as possible after your program starts and save the result and you'll have it. I think you can retrieve the job start time, but, as Dick Scherrer says, there is no built in function for this. This is true even for us Assembler dinosaurs. In 40+ years I don't think I was ever tasked with that, except in the task of analyzing SMF data, where the date and a job enters the system (which is not the same as the job start time) is a secondary key with the job name as a primary key.