ELSG Contract Guide: AFWay


AFWay (https://afway.af.mil) 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




Leveraged Buying Power
We leverage USAF, DoD, and federal government buying power to establish great deals for the customer. Our prices should be the best available; few IT providers match the size of our customer base.


Strategic Vendor Relationship
Through our volume, we create strategic relationships with quality IT providers. This enables us to obtain favorable terms not often available in the commercial market. For example, we obtain better on-site support warranties and more flexibility in our negotiated software licenses.


Buying Support
Our staff offers the entire range of customer support services any time you need help.


Implement Standards
Finally, by requiring products that support the Infostructure Technology Reference Model (i-TRM), Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment (DII COE) Initiatives, and Buy American Act/Trade Agreement Act (BAA/TAA) we are unobtrusively helping the USAF to implement these concepts.


Future Changes
Enhanced capabilities and an improved user interface are two primary areas of focus in the COTS-based replacement application currently under development. When implemented, you will find this link on the USAF portal.


Finally, we are committed to continually improving our service to you. You can help us by letting us know where we’re falling short and where we’re doing well. The entire 754 ELSG/ES staff stands ready to assist in making our BPAs and contracts your first choice when making IT purchases.


AFWay Program Manager
Ms. Patricia Beasley


AFWay Project Manager
Ms. Jeanette Tackett


AFWay Organization Mail Box
afway.pmo@gunter.af.mil Field Assistance Branch 334-416-5771
Please select Option 1, then Option 1, then Option 5 and Option 9
DSN 596-5771, Option 1, Option 1, Option 5, Option 9


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Ms. Eula SimpsonHQ ACC/SCSI


Air Education & Training Command (AETC)
Mr. Dominic Grazioli, AETC/SCTI


Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC)
Mr. Herb Clonch, AFMC/MSCPP


Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)
Mr. Jorge Guendulay, AFSPC CSS/SCT


Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)
Mr. Richard Hager, AFSOC/A6NZ


Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)
Mr. John Gillespie, AFRC/SCXR


Air Mobility Command (AMC)
Ms. Cyndi A. Marler, AMC/A6-CIO


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Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
Ms. Ana Lokelani, HQ PACAF/A6IS


US Air Forces Europe (USAFE)
Mr. Jason Howe, USAFE/A6IC