B-129247, SEP. 20, 1956

B-129247: Sep 20, 1956

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PUBLIC PRINTER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 17. SINCE THE BID OF THE DENNEY TAG COMPANY WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE OTHER BIDS. THE COMPANY WAS REQUESTED BY TELEGRAM DATED SEPTEMBER 7. THE DENNEY TAG COMPANY ADVISED THAT AN ERROR HAD BEEN MADE IN ITS BID IN THAT IT HAD FAILED TO INCLUDE THE COST OF THE STRINGS IN ITS BID PRICE AND THAT THE CORRECT PRICE FOR THE TAGS WITH THE STRINGS IS $2.85 PER THOUSAND OR $1. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID IN THAT IT FAILED TO INCLUDE THE COST OF THE STRINGS. SINCE IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE BID OF THE DENNEY TAG COMPANY WAS ERRONEOUS. SINCE SUCH BID WAS CONFIRMED AND THE ERROR WAS EXPLAINED BY THE BIDDER PRIOR TO AWARD.

B-129247, SEP. 20, 1956

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 17, 1956, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN CONCERNING AN ERROR THE DENNEY TAG COMPANY ALLEGES IT MADE IN ITS BID OPENED ON SEPTEMBER 5, 1956.

THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE REQUESTED BIDS UNDER JACKET NO. 396000, FOR FURNISHING 510,000 TAGS, SIZE 2 3/8 BY 4 3/4 INCHES, PRINTED FACE AND BACK ON 13 S.U. MANILA TAG NO. 5 TO BE FURNISHED BY THE CONTRACTOR AND SHIPMENT TO BE MADE ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 26, 1956. THE SPECIFICATIONS ALSO REQUIRED THAT THE TAGS BE STRINGED WITH A PLAIN DOUBLE LOOP WITH NO. 9 6-PLY TWINE 12 INCHES LONG. IN RESPONSE THE DENNEY TAG COMPANY SUBMITTED A BID DATED AUGUST 31, 1956, OFFERING TO FURNISH THE TAGS AT A PRICE OF $1.40 PER THOUSAND OR FOR A TOTAL PRICE OF $714. THE NINE OTHER BIDS ON THE TAGS RANGED FROM $1,361.70 TO $1,759.50.

YOU STATE THAT, SINCE THE BID OF THE DENNEY TAG COMPANY WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE OTHER BIDS, THE COMPANY WAS REQUESTED BY TELEGRAM DATED SEPTEMBER 7, 1956, TO REVIEW THE SPECIFICATIONS AND CONFIRM ITS BID PRICE.

BY LETTER DATED SEPTEMBER 7, 1956, THE DENNEY TAG COMPANY ADVISED THAT AN ERROR HAD BEEN MADE IN ITS BID IN THAT IT HAD FAILED TO INCLUDE THE COST OF THE STRINGS IN ITS BID PRICE AND THAT THE CORRECT PRICE FOR THE TAGS WITH THE STRINGS IS $2.85 PER THOUSAND OR $1,453.50 FOR THE REQUIRED QUANTITY. IN SUPPORT OF ITS ALLEGATION OF ERROR, THE COMPANY SUBMITTED ITS ORIGINAL ESTIMATE SHEET.

ON THE BASIS OF THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE OF RECORD, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID IN THAT IT FAILED TO INCLUDE THE COST OF THE STRINGS. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE BID OF THE DENNEY TAG COMPANY WAS ERRONEOUS, AND SINCE SUCH BID WAS CONFIRMED AND THE ERROR WAS EXPLAINED BY THE BIDDER PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID OF THE DENNEY TAG COMPANY MAY BE DISREGARDED.

THE PAPERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE CONTRACTOR'S LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 7, 1956, AND ITS ESTIMATE SHEET, ARE RETURNED.