B-126172, DEC. 5, 1955

B-126172: Dec 5, 1955

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VETERANS ADMINISTRATION: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 23. THE FACTS PRESENTLY OF RECORD FAIL TO CLARIFY SUFFICIENTLY THE INTENTION OF THE COMPANY AT THE TIME ITS BID WAS SUBMITTED AS TO THE LENGTH OF THE MACHINE IT ACTUALLY PROPOSED TO FURNISH. SINCE THE EVIDENCE FURNISHED REASONABLY ESTABLISHES PRIOR TO AWARD THAT A BONA FIDE MATHEMATICAL ERROR WAS MADE. THE BID IN QUESTION IS RETURNED. ARE BEING RETAINED IN OUR OFFICE FILES.

B-126172, DEC. 5, 1955

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

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 23, 1955, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN WITH RESPECT TO A BID DATED NOVEMBER 1, 1955, SUBMITTED BY UNIVERSAL DISHWASHING MACHINERY CO. IN RESPONSE TO INVITATION NO. 56-74, IN VIEW OF THE COMPANY'S ALLEGATION OF ERROR.

THE FACTS PRESENTLY OF RECORD FAIL TO CLARIFY SUFFICIENTLY THE INTENTION OF THE COMPANY AT THE TIME ITS BID WAS SUBMITTED AS TO THE LENGTH OF THE MACHINE IT ACTUALLY PROPOSED TO FURNISH. HOWEVER, SINCE THE EVIDENCE FURNISHED REASONABLY ESTABLISHES PRIOR TO AWARD THAT A BONA FIDE MATHEMATICAL ERROR WAS MADE, AS ALLEGED BY THE BIDDER, IN COMPUTING ITS BID PRICE, THE BID OF UNIVERSAL DISHWASHING MACHINERY CO. MAY BE DISREGARDED IN MAKING THE AWARD.

THE BID IN QUESTION IS RETURNED. THE OTHER PAPERS TRANSMITTED WITH YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 23, 1955, ARE BEING RETAINED IN OUR OFFICE FILES.