B-124406, JUL. 1, 1955

B-124406: Jul 1, 1955

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PUBLIC PRINTER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 22. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT WILGO MADE A BONA FIDE ERROR IN ITS BID. SINCE THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS AND SINCE SUCH BELIEF WAS CONFIRMED AND THE ERROR WAS EXPLAINED SATISFACTORILY BY THE BIDDER PRIOR TO AWARD. ARE RETURNED.

B-124406, JUL. 1, 1955

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 22, 1955, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER A BID, DATED JUNE 10, 1955, SUBMITTED BY WILGO ON JACKET NO. 345288 MAY BE DISREGARDED IN VIEW OF THE BIDDER'S ALLEGATION OF ERROR.

ON THE BASIS OF THE FACTS OF RECORD IN THIS CASE, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT WILGO MADE A BONA FIDE ERROR IN ITS BID. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS AND SINCE SUCH BELIEF WAS CONFIRMED AND THE ERROR WAS EXPLAINED SATISFACTORILY BY THE BIDDER PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID OF WILGO SHOULD BE DISREGARDED--- THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES NOT BEING SUCH AS TO WARRANT A DEPARTURE FROM THE BASIC RULE THAT BIDS MAY NOT BE CHANGED AFTER OPENING. SEE 17 COMP. GEN. 575, 577.

THE PAPERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE BIDDER'S LETTER OF JUNE 16, 1955, AND ITS WORKSHEET, ARE RETURNED, AS REQUESTED.