What is Air Force AF Way?


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Air Force AF Way is a Web-based Air Force system for purchasing IT. The system combines eBusiness and eCommerce processes that guide users through requirement identification, approval and purchase by combining these into one simplified process. AFWay is part of the overall IT Management program that is also supported by other organizations and applications. AFWay computer based training is available at https://afway.af.mil/AFWaycbt/.

What does it provide the customer?
Pre-negotiated contracts with leading IT manufacturers and resellers

  • Pricing below manufacturers’ retail prices and GSA pricing
  • Access to thousands of hardware/software products, as well as IT services
  • Ability to accomplish requirements research at one site
  • Ability to obtain vendor quotes for single or bulk buys through the system
  • Ability to send request for quotes to non-contract vendors to fulfill small business requirements
  • 24 hours/7 days a week Field Assistance Branch support
  • Government Purchase Card (GPC) ordering online
  • Automated updates to the IT asset management system
Major Benefits
AFWay is designed to minimize required actions and reduce manpower
requirements. Among the benefits are:
  • Better coordination of IT purchasing power, yielding greater volume discounts
  • Provides MAJCOM Communications and Information (C&I) Officers or A6s with maximum visibility into and control over IT purchases
  • Meets congressional mandates (Clinger-Cohen) for gaining insight into IT purchases
  • Provides tracking of IT assets from order placement to receipt interface to the IT asset management system
  • Oversight of commercial products purchased for use on the AF enterprise network
  • Technical choices that support network security and information assurance requirements
  • Assurance that appropriate products are approved and purchased at competitive prices
  • Standardization and control, which drives down the total cost of ownership, and helps leverage the AF’s buying power