B-129636, NOV. 9, 1956

B-129636: Nov 9, 1956

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CONTRACTING OFFICER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 23. BIDS WERE REQUESTED FOR FURNISHING 15. 410 WAS CORRECT. ERROR IS APPARENT ON THE FACE OF THE BID OF THE CORPORATION SINCE THE UNIT PRICE OF $0.249 MULTIPLIED BY THE SPECIFIED QUANTITY OF 15. THE TOTAL WILL EQUAL THE EXTENDED PRICE OF $4. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR DOUBT THAT THE CORPORATION MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID.

B-129636, NOV. 9, 1956

TO MR. L. C. STEWART, CONTRACTING OFFICER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 23, 1956, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN CONCERNING AN ERROR KAISER ALUMINUM AND CHEMICAL SALES, INC., CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ALLEGES IT MADE IN ITS BID OPENED ON OCTOBER 8, 1956.

BY INVITATION NO. 8168, BIDS WERE REQUESTED FOR FURNISHING 15,000 FEET OF NO. 2/O AWG ALUMINUM WELDING CABLE. IN RESPONSE KAISER ALUMINUM AND CHEMICAL SALES, INC., SUBMITTED A BID DATED OCTOBER 5, 1956, OFFERING TO FURNISH THE CABLE AT A UNIT PRICE OF $0.249 PER FOOT FOR WHICH IT EXTENDED THE PRICE AS $4,410. THE ABSTRACT OF BIDS SHOWS THAT THE 17 OTHER BIDDERS QUOTED UNIT PRICES RANGING FROM $0.278 PER FOOT TO $0.397 PER FOOT.

YOU STATE THAT SHORTLY AFTER THE BID OPENING, A LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE OF KAISER ALUMINUM AND CHEMICAL SALES, INC., VERBALLY ALLEGED THAT THE CORPORATION HAD TRANSPOSED CERTAIN FIGURES IN ITS UNIT BID PRICE. IN A CONFIRMING LETTER DATED OCTOBER 11, 1956, KAISER ALUMINUM AND CHEMICAL SALES, INC., ADVISED THAT THE UNIT PRICE FOR THE CABLE SHOULD BE $0.294 PER FOOT AND NOT $0.249 PER FOOT AND THAT THE EXTENDED TOTAL PRICE OF $4,410 WAS CORRECT. THE CORPORATION REQUESTED THAT ITS BID ON THE CABLE BE WITHDRAWN.

ERROR IS APPARENT ON THE FACE OF THE BID OF THE CORPORATION SINCE THE UNIT PRICE OF $0.249 MULTIPLIED BY THE SPECIFIED QUANTITY OF 15,000, DOES NOT EQUAL THE AMOUNT OF $4,410 INSERTED IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT COLUMN. THE UNIT PRICE BE CORRECTED TO $0.294, THE TOTAL WILL EQUAL THE EXTENDED PRICE OF $4,410.

ON THE BASIS OF THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE OF RECORD, THERE IS NO ROOM FOR DOUBT THAT THE CORPORATION MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID, AS ALLEGED. ACCORDINGLY, THE BID OF KAISER ALUMINUM AND CHEMICAL SALES, INC., MAY BE DISREGARDED IN MAKING THE AWARD.