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My company is currently working with MS to resolve an MS Project 2013 bug related to earned value calculations. We use timesheets for Actual Work entry. We are also trying to use EV for management reporting but have run into the following bug that makes MS Project EV unusable. I’m not sure if this is what is impacting you, but I will describe the scenario we are seeing in case this helps.

Lets say the Start Date/Time for Task 1 is supposed to be 1/3/2017 at 4:55 PM and it’s a 40 hour (6 day) task. When actuals are applied, Joe, who is assigned to Task 1, enters 8 hours of actual work on 1/3. Looking at this you’d think the Earned value would reflect 8 of 40 hours applied, but that’s not how Project interprets it. When the 8 hours of Actual Work are applied, Project ASSUMES the actual start of the task is the same as the planned start date/time of the task. So rather than assigning an actual start of 1/3 8:00 AM and then filling the day with 8 hours of actual work, Project applies all 8 hours of actual work into the time period from 4:55 PM to 5:00 PM. We discovered this by displaying actual work task usage timescale data down to the hour/minute levels. When project does this and subsequently calculates earned value, project thinks that only 5 minutes of duration has been completed and that’s what it bases it’s EV calculations on…not the 8 hours of actual work.
As noted, we’re working with MS to resolve this issue but as of yet we are not seeing any solution scheduled into an upcoming CU.
Hope that helps a bit.