Jason, depending on your needs, you can try either of these two options:
First, you can edit your component script and create a static variable for the current date. Then, within each of your component steps, you will be able to reference this variable as a constant. Note that when your component reaches the exit script, the object is destroyed. Therefore, each execution of your component will have its own date object.
The second option is to take any of your component’s input step Date objects and map them out to a variable. To get these Date objects, look inside of the _env folder in the Input Step folder within EI. This value will remain constant as your component executes and will be destroyed when your component completes.
The first option may be better for you because you can have complete control over the format of the Date object. The Date object in the Input Step folder is webMethods-generated and may not be suitable for your needs.