B-120593, AUG 27, 1954

B-120593: Aug 27, 1954

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SECRETARY: REFERENCE IS MADE TO A LETTER DATED AUGUST 12. TO HAVE BEEN MADE IN ITS BID DATED MAY 13. IS BASED. THE BID FORM INDICATED THAT A SERVICE CHARGE PER YEAR WAS TO BE QUOTED. THAT ITS BID PRICE OF $50 PER YEAR FOR SERVICE WAS INTENDED TO BE. ITS PROPOSED CHARGE PER MONTH - THE VARIANCE BETWEEN THE SPECIFICATIONS AND THE BID FORM ALLEGEDLY HAVING BEEN OVERLOOKED INADVERTENTLY WHEN ITS MONTHLY CHARGE FOR SERVICE WAS ENTERED ON THE BID FORM. AS CONTENDED BY THE COMPANY THAT BILLINGS UNDER CONTRACTS COVERING THIS PROJECT FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS HAVE BEEN ON A MONTHLY BASIS. PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO BE MADE TO LEHIGH.

B-120593, AUG 27, 1954

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MR. SECRETARY:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO A LETTER DATED AUGUST 12, 1954, WITH ENCLOSURES, FROM THE BUREAU OF YARDS AND DOCKS, FURNISHING THE REPORT REQUESTED IN OFFICE LETTER OF JULY 7, 1954, RELATIVE TO AN ERROR ALLEGED BY LEHIGH, INCORPORATED, TO HAVE BEEN MADE IN ITS BID DATED MAY 13, 1954, ON WHICH CONTRACT NO. NOYU)-82722 DATED JUNE 17, 1954, IS BASED.

THE RECORD SHOWS THAT THE SPECIFICATIONS REQUIRED THE BIDDER TO QUOTE THE PRICE IT PROPOSED TO CHARGE PER MONTH FOR CERTAIN DESIGNATED NECESSARY SERVICES. HOWEVER, THE BID FORM INDICATED THAT A SERVICE CHARGE PER YEAR WAS TO BE QUOTED. THE CORPORATION PROMPTLY ADVISED, UPON RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE OF AWARD, THAT ITS BID PRICE OF $50 PER YEAR FOR SERVICE WAS INTENDED TO BE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS, ITS PROPOSED CHARGE PER MONTH - THE VARIANCE BETWEEN THE SPECIFICATIONS AND THE BID FORM ALLEGEDLY HAVING BEEN OVERLOOKED INADVERTENTLY WHEN ITS MONTHLY CHARGE FOR SERVICE WAS ENTERED ON THE BID FORM. IT HAS BEEN INFORMALLY ASCERTAINED, AS CONTENDED BY THE COMPANY THAT BILLINGS UNDER CONTRACTS COVERING THIS PROJECT FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS HAVE BEEN ON A MONTHLY BASIS.

ACCORDINGLY, PAYMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO BE MADE TO LEHIGH, INCORPORATED, FOR SPECIAL SERVICE REQUIRED UNDER THE CONTRACT AT A PRICE OF $50 PER MONTH - SAID PRICE FOR THE SERVICE, PLUS THE CORPORATION'S BID PRICE FOR GAS, BEING LESS THAN THE OTHER BID RECEIVED FOR THE PROJECT'S GAS AND SERVICE CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS.

A REFERENCE TO THIS DECISION SHOULD BE MADE ON THE CONTRACT.