B-125657, OCT. 7, 1955

B-125657: Oct 7, 1955

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VETERANS ADMINISTRATION: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 29. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE A BONA FIDE ERROR IN ITS BID AS ALLEGED IN ITS LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 16. SINCE IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS AND SINCE SUCH BELIEF WAS CONFIRMED AND THE ERROR WAS EXPLAINED SATISFACTORILY BY THE COMPANY PRIOR TO AWARD.

B-125657, OCT. 7, 1955

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

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 29, 5955, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER A BID DATED SEPTEMBER 9, 1955, SUBMITTED BY J. T. BAKER CHEMICAL CO., IN RESPONSE TO INVITATION NO. A-63- A MAY BE DISREGARDED IN VIEW OF THE COMPANY'S ALLEGATION OF ERROR.

ON THE BASIS OF YOUR STATEMENT OF THE PERTINENT FACTS AND THE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE FURNISHED IN SUPPORT THEREOF, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE A BONA FIDE ERROR IN ITS BID AS ALLEGED IN ITS LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 16, 1955. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS AND SINCE SUCH BELIEF WAS CONFIRMED AND THE ERROR WAS EXPLAINED SATISFACTORILY BY THE COMPANY PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID OF J. T. BAKER CHEMICAL CO. SHOULD BE DISREGARDED IN MAKING THE AWARD.