Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) Law and Legal Definition

Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 (CICA), 41 U.S.C. 253 is a public law enacted for the purpose of encouraging the competition for the award of all types of government contracts. The purpose was to increase the number of competitors and to increase savings through lower, more competitive pricing. The policy of the Act is that the contracting officers should provide for full and open competition through use of the competitive procedure or combination of competitive procedures contained in the Act that is best suited to the circumstances of the contract action. Every deviation from the requirement for full and open competition must be documented in writing and authorized by the appropriate government official.