B-128369, JUN. 29, 1956

B-128369: Jun 29, 1956

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TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 22. IT IS REPORTED THAT THE CONTRACTING OFFICER. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER WAS ORALLY ADVISED THAT THE CORPORATION DID NOT MANUFACTURE SOLID FIBER MATERIAL AND HAD SUBMITTED THE BID ON ITEM NO. 1 UNDER THE MISTAKEN BELIEF THAT THE MATERIAL REQUIRED WAS CORRUGATED FIBER BOARD RATHER THAN SOLID FIBER. THIS STATEMENT IS CONFIRMED BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER. DOUBT THAT AN ERROR WAS MADE IN THE BID AS ALLEGED. SINCE THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THAT THE BID ON SOLID FIBER CONTAINERS WAS AN ERROR AND SINCE SUCH BELIEF WAS CONFIRMED PRIOR TO AWARD. ARE RETURNED.

B-128369, JUN. 29, 1956

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 22, 1956, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER ALL CRAFT CONTAINER CORPORATION MAY BE PERMITTED TO WITHDRAW ITS BID ON ITEM NO. 1 OF INVITATION FOR BIDS OPENED ON JUNE 6, 1956, COVERING 34,000 SOLID FIBER CONTAINERS.

IT IS REPORTED THAT THE CONTRACTING OFFICER, UPON EXAMINING THE BIDS RECEIVED, NOTICED THE POSSIBILITY OF ERROR IN THE BID SINCE ALL CRAFT CONTAINER CORPORATION HAD NEVER BEFORE QUOTED ON SOLID FIBER CONTAINERS. WE THEREFORE TELEPHONED THE CORPORATION AND REQUESTED THEM TO REVIEW THE SPECIFICATIONS AND TO CONFIRM THE BID PRICE. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER WAS ORALLY ADVISED THAT THE CORPORATION DID NOT MANUFACTURE SOLID FIBER MATERIAL AND HAD SUBMITTED THE BID ON ITEM NO. 1 UNDER THE MISTAKEN BELIEF THAT THE MATERIAL REQUIRED WAS CORRUGATED FIBER BOARD RATHER THAN SOLID FIBER.

THE ALL CRAFT CONTAINER CORPORATION CONFIRMED THE TELEPHONE CONVERSATION BY LETTER DATED JUNE 15, 1956, AND FORMALLY REQUESTED THAT THE CORPORATION BE PERMITTED TO WITHDRAW ITS BID ON THE SOLID FIBER CONTAINERS. SUPPORT OF THE ALLEGED ERROR THE CORPORATION MENTIONED THAT THEY HAD NEVER REQUESTED TO BE INCLUDED ON THE BIDDER'S LIST FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN CORRUGATED MATERIAL. THIS STATEMENT IS CONFIRMED BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER.

ON THE BASIS OF THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE OF RECORD THERE APPEARS LITTLE, IF ANY, DOUBT THAT AN ERROR WAS MADE IN THE BID AS ALLEGED. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THAT THE BID ON SOLID FIBER CONTAINERS WAS AN ERROR AND SINCE SUCH BELIEF WAS CONFIRMED PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID OF ALL CRAFT CONTAINER CORPORATION UNDER ITEM NO. 1 MAY BE DISREGARDED.

THE PAPERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE BIDDER'S LETTER OF JUNE 15, 1956, ARE RETURNED.