B-124252, JUN. 21, 1955

B-124252: Jun 21, 1955

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VETERANS ADMINISTRATION: REFERENCE IS MADE TO LETTER OF JUNE 6. THE FORMAT OF THE INVITATION AND THE QUOTATION OF THE BIDDER IS AS FOLLOWS: CHART ITEM UNIT NO. SINCE THE BID OF GRATIOT PLUMBING AND HEATING SUPPLY COMPANY WAS NOT CLEAR. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER CONTACTED THE BIDDER BY TELEPHONE AND WAS ADVISED THAT $354.18 WAS THE PRICE OF THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL UNIT. THAT $770.30 WAS THE PRICE OF THE DISPOSAL UNIT PLUS ALL INSTALLATION COSTS. THIS WAS VERIFIED BY LETTER DATED MAY 19. THE EXPLANATION MADE BY THE BIDDER IS ENTIRELY REASONABLE AND THE IRREGULARITY MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY THE FORMAT OF THE INVITATION. IT IS NOTED THAT PAGE 1 OF THE INVITATION CONTAINS A NOTATION "BID 770.30.'.

B-124252, JUN. 21, 1955

TO THE HONORABLE H. V. HIGLEY, ADMINISTRATOR, VETERANS ADMINISTRATION:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO LETTER OF JUNE 6, 1955, FROM THE CHIEF PURCHASING AGENT, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER THE BID OF GRATIOT PLUMBING AND HEATING SUPPLY COMPANY SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO INVITATION NO. 55-123 MAY BE CORRECTED.

THE INVITATION REQUESTED BIDS FOR FURNISHING AND INSTALLING ONE GARBAGE DISPOSAL UNIT AT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL, DEARBORN, MICHIGAN. THE FORMAT OF THE INVITATION AND THE QUOTATION OF THE BIDDER IS AS FOLLOWS:

CHART

ITEM UNIT

NO. SUPPLIES OR SERVICES QUANTITY UNIT PRICE AMOUNT

1 GARBAGE DISPOSAL UNIT,

COMMERCIAL TYPE. ALL LABOR,

MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT TO

PROVIDE AND INSTALL A GARBAGE

DISPOSAL UNIT, WASTE KING

COMMERCIAL PULVERATOR, MODEL 354.18

HC-354-18 OR EQUAL; IN

ACCORDANCE WITH

SPECIFICATIONS OUTLINED

BELOW. 1 EACH $ $770.30

THE ONLY OTHER BID RECEIVED QUOTED A PRICE OF $832.15. SINCE THE BID OF GRATIOT PLUMBING AND HEATING SUPPLY COMPANY WAS NOT CLEAR, THE CONTRACTING OFFICER CONTACTED THE BIDDER BY TELEPHONE AND WAS ADVISED THAT $354.18 WAS THE PRICE OF THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL UNIT, AND THAT $770.30 WAS THE PRICE OF THE DISPOSAL UNIT PLUS ALL INSTALLATION COSTS. THIS WAS VERIFIED BY LETTER DATED MAY 19, 1955.

THE EXPLANATION MADE BY THE BIDDER IS ENTIRELY REASONABLE AND THE IRREGULARITY MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY THE FORMAT OF THE INVITATION. FURTHERMORE, IT IS NOTED THAT PAGE 1 OF THE INVITATION CONTAINS A NOTATION "BID 770.30.' THUS, THERE APPEARS NO DOUBT THAT THE INTENDED BID PRICE FOR FURNISHING AND INSTALLING THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL UNIT IS $770.30 AND THE BID SHOULD BE SO CONSIDERED.