B-126353, DEC. 21, 1955

B-126353: Dec 21, 1955

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PUBLIC PRINTER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 13. THE PROBABILITY OF ERROR PROPERLY WAS NOTED BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER. 036.80 WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE EIGHT OTHER BIDS. ARE RETURNED AS REQUESTED.

B-126353, DEC. 21, 1955

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 13, 1955, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER A BID DATED NOVEMBER 28, 1955, SUBMITTED BY THE REIN COMPANY, MAY BE DISREGARDEDIN VIEW OF THE BIDDER'S ALLEGATION OF ERROR.

THE PROBABILITY OF ERROR PROPERLY WAS NOTED BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER, SINCE THE COMPANY'S BID OF $1,036.80 WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE EIGHT OTHER BIDS, RANGING FROM $1,649.60 TO $2,528, AND WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S ESTIMATE OF $1,790 FOR THE WORK. THE ERROR HAVING BEEN ESTABLISHED SATISFACTORILY BE THE BIDDER'S ORIGINAL WORKSHEET, ITS PRINTED PRICE LIST AND ITS EXPLANATORY LETTERS OF DECEMBER 2 AND 5, 1955, THE BID OF THE REIN COMPANY MAY BE DISREGARDED--- THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES IN THIS CASE 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.

THE PAPERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE BIDDER'S LETTERS OF DECEMBER 2 AND 5, 1955, THE COPY OF ITS TELEGRAM DATED DECEMBER 2, 1955, ITS WORKSHEET AND ITS PRICE LIST, ARE RETURNED AS REQUESTED.