B-124343, JUN. 28, 1955

B-124343: Jun 28, 1955

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TO THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 17. ADVISED THAT THE CORRECT PRICE FOR THE MICROSCOPE COMPLETE WITH ACCESSORIES WAS $600 AND REQUESTED THAT ITS BID BE WITHDRAWN. IT IS REPORTED. WERE REQUESTED TO CONFIRM THEIR BIDS. ONE OF THESE TWO BIDDERS ADVISED THAT THE CORRECT PRICE FOR THE MICROSCOPE WITH ACCESSORIES WAS $600 AND NOT $595 AS ORIGINALLY QUOTED AND THE OTHER BIDDER CONFIRMED ITS BID PRICE OF $582. IF THE PRICE OF THE EYEPIECE IS ADDED TO THE CORPORATION'S ORIGINAL BID PRICE. THE TOTAL WILL BE $600. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT AUGUST WAELDIN. SINCE THE ERROR WAS ALLEGED AND SATISFACTORILY EXPLAINED BY THE CORPORATION PRIOR TO AWARD.

B-124343, JUN. 28, 1955

TO THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 17, 1955, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN REGARDING AN ERROR AUGUST WAELDIN, INC., NEW YORK, NEW YORK, ALLEGES IT MADE IN ITS BID OPENED ON MAY 31, 1955.

BY INVITATION NO. ARS-818-B-55, THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE, WASHINGTON, D.C., REQUESTED BIDS FUR FURNISHING ONE RESEARCH MICROSCOPE, INCLINED BINOCULAR TYPE, WITH MONOCULAR BODY TUBE, COMPLETE WITH ALL OTHER SPECIFIED ACCESSORIES AND EQUIPMENT. IN RESPONSE TO THE INVITATION, AUGUST WAELDIN, INC., SUBMITTED A BID OFFERING TO FURNISH ONE BAUSH AND LOMB TBR-9 MICROSCOPE COMPLETE WITH ALL ACCESSORIES FOR THE PRICE OF $577. BY TELEGRAM DATED JUNE 1, 1955, AUGUST WAELDIN, INC., ADVISED THAT THE CORRECT PRICE FOR THE MICROSCOPE COMPLETE WITH ACCESSORIES WAS $600 AND REQUESTED THAT ITS BID BE WITHDRAWN.

IT IS REPORTED, THAT IN VIEW OF THE ALLEGED ERROR AND THE FACT THAT 21 OF THE 25 BIDDERS QUOTED A PRICE OF $600, THE TWO OTHER BIDDERS, WHO QUOTED PRICES BELOW $600, WERE REQUESTED TO CONFIRM THEIR BIDS. IN RESPONSE THERETO, ONE OF THESE TWO BIDDERS ADVISED THAT THE CORRECT PRICE FOR THE MICROSCOPE WITH ACCESSORIES WAS $600 AND NOT $595 AS ORIGINALLY QUOTED AND THE OTHER BIDDER CONFIRMED ITS BID PRICE OF $582.

BY LETTER DATED JUNE 8, 1955, AUGUST WAELDIN, INC., ADVISED THAT, IN SUBMITTING ITS ORIGINAL QUOTATION ON THE MICROSCOPE AND ACCESSORIES, IT FAILED TO INCLUDE THE PRICE OF THE 15X HUYGENIAN TYPE EYEPIECE CALLED FOR AS AN ACCESSORY BY THE SPECIFICATIONS. IN SUPPORT OF ITS ALLEGATION OF ERROR, THE CORPORATION SUBMITTED THE PRINTED PRICE LIST OF THE BAUSCH AND LOMB OPTICAL COMPANY WHICH SPECIFIES A PRICE OF $23 EACH FOR THE 15X HUYGENIAN TYPE EYEPIECE. IF THE PRICE OF THE EYEPIECE IS ADDED TO THE CORPORATION'S ORIGINAL BID PRICE, THE TOTAL WILL BE $600--- THE CORPORATION'S INTENDED PRICE.

ON THE BASIS OF THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE OF RECORD, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT AUGUST WAELDIN, INC., FAILED TO INCLUDE THE COST OF THE EYEPIECE IN ITS BID PRICE. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE THE ERROR WAS ALLEGED AND SATISFACTORILY EXPLAINED BY THE CORPORATION PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID OF AUGUST WAELDIN, INC., SHOULD BE DISREGARDED.