Mill City Partnership
B-400712: Dec 16, 2008
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Mill City Partnership of Lowell, Massachusetts protests the rejection of its bid under invitation for bids (IFB) No. W912WJ-08-B-0006, issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, for environmental restoration of the Mill River and Mill Pond in Stamford, Connecticut. The Corps determined that Mill City Partnership's bid was nonresponsive because there was a discrepancy between the legal entity shown on the bid and the legal entity should on the bid bond.
We deny the protest.
B-400712, Mill City Partnership, December 16, 2008
Mill City Partnership of
The IFB, issued on
The accompanying bid bond identified its principal as C.R.C. Company, Inc. AR, Tab 13, at 13. The principal was identified as a corporation under the Type of Organization section of the bid bond.
By letter dated September 29, the contracting officer notified
The sufficiency of a bid bond relates to whether the government will receive full and complete protection in the event that the bidder fails to execute the required contract documents and deliver the required performance and payment bonds. Martina Enter./Tom Swenson Gen. Contractors, B-250766, Oct. 21, 1992, 92'2 CPD para. 266 at 2 (holding that the bid of a joint venture, which submitted a bid bond in the name of only one of the corporations forming the joint venture, is nonresponsive). Among other things, the terms of the bid bond must clearly establish the liability of the surety at the time of bid opening; when the liability is not clear, the bond is defective. Design for Health, Inc., B-239730,
In the present case, the surety's liability under the bid bond is contingent upon the bid being in the name of the corporation listed on the bid bond, i.e., C.R.C. Company, Inc. While it is not clear here whether the bidder was MCE or Mill City Partnership, it is clear that the nominal bidder was not C.R.C. Company, Inc. Thus we agree with the contracting officer that it is unclear that the surety would necessarily be bound in the event that the joint venture failed to execute the contract upon acceptance of its bid or declined to furnish acceptable performance or payment bonds.
The protest is denied.
Gary L. Kepplinger
 While the bid contains conflicting statements as to whether the bid was submitted by MCE or Mill City Partnership (see Contracting Officer's Statement at 3), it is unnecessary for us to resolve this issue here because, in either case, the bid was nonresponsive.
 The agency also questions whether the protester, Mill City Partnership, qualifies as a small business concern. Again, this question is academic if the bid is nonresponsive for lack of an adequate bid guarantee and, in any event, as the Corps recognizes, would be a matter to be resolved by the Small Business Administration and not our Office.