Letter to the Editor
Following is a response to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "Do you think the proposed enterprise software licensing concept is worth the effort?"
It is great to have some of these faster and cheaper methods to buy items. Air Force Way is one of those methods in use at this time.
The problem is that the methods are implemented and you are directed to use them, but when you do, you run into problems relating to other issues.
Take Air Force Way, for example. If I order something and it is determined that it should be ordered through contracting using a Form 9 purchase request, instead of being routed to contracting, the order gets canceled and sent back to me.
I must then manually create the Form 9 purchase request for contracting, initiated via another system.
These purchasing tools MUST be integrated (with all appropriate systems) and approved (making it legal). If that means changing the regulations and laws for procurement, so be it. That needs to be done before implementation of a new system.
Name withheld by request