B-125121, AUG. 15, 1955

B-125121: Aug 15, 1955

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TO SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE: REFERENCE IS MADE TO A LETTER DATED AUGUST 8. TWO BIDS WERE RECEIVED. HAMMOND'S OFFER OF $600.10 WAS FAR OUT OF LINE FOR A USED TYPEWRITER. HE WAS REQUESTED BY LETTERS DATED JUNE 24 AND JULY 18. HAMMOND REPLIED BY POSTAL CARD THAT HE THOUGHT HIS BID WAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $6.98 BUT THAT HE DID NOT REMEMBER TO THE FEW CENTS. HAMMOND MADE AN ERROR IN HIS BID AND SINCE IT WAS ALLEGED PRIOR TO AWARD THE SAME SHOULD BE DISREGARDED IN MAKING THE AWARD.

B-125121, AUG. 15, 1955

TO SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO A LETTER DATED AUGUST 8, 1955, FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT SECRETARY, RELATING TO AN ERROR MADE BY MR. P. R. HAMMOND IN HIS BID FOR THE PURCHASE OF A TYPEWRITER. YOU REQUEST A DECISION AS TO WHETHER MR. HAMMOND'S BID SHOULD BE DISREGARDED IN MAKING THE AWARD.

BY INVITATION NO. ARS-903-B-55, DATED JUNE 7, 1955, THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE, ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, REQUESTED BIDS--- TO BE OPENED JUNE 23, 1955--- FOR THE PURCHASE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF ONE UNDERWOOD TYPEWRITER, SERIAL NO. 4791541, BAI-57580. TWO BIDS WERE RECEIVED, ONE BY MR. HAMMOND IN THE AMOUNT OF $600.10 AND THE OTHER BY FRANK N. LOGAN IN THE AMOUNT OF $17.75.

IT BEING OBVIOUS THAT MR. HAMMOND'S OFFER OF $600.10 WAS FAR OUT OF LINE FOR A USED TYPEWRITER, HE WAS REQUESTED BY LETTERS DATED JUNE 24 AND JULY 18, 1955, TO VERIFY HIS BID. UNDER DATE OF JULY 25, 1955, MR. HAMMOND REPLIED BY POSTAL CARD THAT HE THOUGHT HIS BID WAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $6.98 BUT THAT HE DID NOT REMEMBER TO THE FEW CENTS.

THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT MR. HAMMOND MADE AN ERROR IN HIS BID AND SINCE IT WAS ALLEGED PRIOR TO AWARD THE SAME SHOULD BE DISREGARDED IN MAKING THE AWARD.