Competition in Contracting Act (1984)

June 13, 2012

Congress is always active in the acquisition and procurement area. Every year, it enacts some provisions that are intended to improve the acquisition process.

"Most of that activity occurs in the national defense authorization bill, because that's the one bill that's considered on the Hill to be a 'must-pass' piece of legislation," said William Woods, director of acquisition and sourcing management at the Government Accountability Office. "That tends to be the vehicle for enactment of various pieces of acquisition legislation."

Despite annual activity around the defense acquisition bill, Woods said that Congress enacts major pieces of procurement legislation about every 10 years. He points to the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) of 1984 as the foundation of much of the federal government's procurement policy.

"That together with several other pieces in that 10-year cycle are what we would consider to be the major pieces of acquisition legislation," Woods said. 

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