B-124611, JUL. 18, 1955

B-124611: Jul 18, 1955

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PUBLIC PRINTER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JULY 12. 595 AND THE GOVERNMENT'S ESTIMATE OF $893.29 FOR THE JOB HE SUSPECTED THAT THERE WAS AN ERROR IN THE BID. SINCE THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS AND SINCE SUCH BELIEF WAS CONFIRMED AND THE ERROR WAS EXPLAINED SATISFACTORILY BY THE BIDDER PRIOR TO AWARD. ARE RETURNED AS REQUESTED.

B-124611, JUL. 18, 1955

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JULY 12, 1955, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER AN UNDATED BID SUBMITTED BY NATIONAL OFFSET, INC., MAY BE DISREGARDED IN VIEW OF THE BIDDER'S ALLEGATION OF ERROR.

YOU STATE THAT WHEN THE CONTRACTING OFFICER COMPARED THE CORPORATION'S BID OF $527 WITH THE OTHER BIDS RANGING FROM $798 TO $1,595 AND THE GOVERNMENT'S ESTIMATE OF $893.29 FOR THE JOB HE SUSPECTED THAT THERE WAS AN ERROR IN THE BID. UPON BEING REQUESTED TO VERIFY ITS BID, THE CORPORATION ALLEGED BY TELEGRAM AND CONFIRMING LETTER THAT IT HAD MADE AN ERROR IN COMPUTING THE AMOUNT OF ITS BID AND FURNISHED ITS ORIGINAL WORKSHEETS IN SUBSTANTIATION OF ITS ALLEGATION OF ERROR AND ITS INTENDED BID OF $847. IF CORRECTED, THE BID WOULD NO LONGER BE THE LOWEST BID RECEIVED.

ACCORDINGLY, SINCE THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED 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 NATIONAL OFFSET, INC., SHOULD BE DISREGARDED.

THE PAPERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE BIDDER'S TELEGRAM AND EXPLANATORY LETTER OF JULY 7, 1955, AND ITS ORIGINAL WORKSHEET, ARE RETURNED AS REQUESTED.