B-129690, NOV. 7, 1956

B-129690: Nov 7, 1956

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PUBLIC PRINTER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 1. SHOULD HAVE ITS BID DISREGARDED BECAUSE OF AN ERROR IT ALLEGED UPON THE CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION PRIOR TO AWARD. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THE BID WAS IN ERROR BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE SIX OTHER BIDS RECEIVED. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER'S BELIEF THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS WAS CONFIRMED. THE TELEGRAM ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.

B-129690, NOV. 7, 1956

TO THE HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 1, 1956, WITH ENCLOSURES, FROM THE ACTING PUBLIC PRINTER, WHO REQUESTS A DECISION WHETHER PUBLICATION PRESS, INC., BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, SHOULD HAVE ITS BID DISREGARDED BECAUSE OF AN ERROR IT ALLEGED UPON THE CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION PRIOR TO AWARD.

PUBLICATION PRESS, INC. BID $120 FOR THE PRODUCTION OF 1,000 COPIES OF A BOOK CONSISTING OF 132 PAGES, SELF COVERED, AND 120 FILM NEGATIVES. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THE BID WAS IN ERROR BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE SIX OTHER BIDS RECEIVED, WHICH RANGED FROM $391 TO $598, AND WITH YOUR OFFICE'S ESTIMATE OF $533.60. IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST TO REVIEW THE SPECIFICATIONS AND TO CONFIRM THE BID PRICE, THE FIRM'S LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE ADVISED BY TELEPHONE THAT SHE MISUNDERSTOOD THE PRICE RECEIVED BY TELEPHONE FROM THE BALTIMORE PLANT AND PREPARED THE BID FOR $120 INSTEAD OF $420. THE PHOTOSTATIC COPY OF THE WORK SHEET SUBMITTED BY THE FIRM SHOWS THAT IT ESTIMATED THE JOB AT $420, WHICH THE CONTRACTING OFFICER STATED TO BE A FAIR AND REASONABLE PRICE.

SINCE UPON REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION PRIOR TO AWARD, THE CONTRACTING OFFICER'S BELIEF THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS WAS CONFIRMED, THE BID MAY BE DISREGARDED.

THE BIDS, THE COPY OF THE SPECIFICATIONS, AND THE TELEGRAM ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.