B-129868, NOV. 29, 1956

B-129868: Nov 29, 1956

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PUBLIC PRINTER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 23. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE THREE OTHER BIDS RECEIVED. THE PRESIDENT OF THE FIRM ADVISED BY TELEPHONE THAT THE PRICE FOR THE BINDING WAS IN ERROR IN THAT IT WAS BASED ON BINDING ONE THOUSAND RATHER THAN SIX THOUSAND PAMPHLETS. THE WORKSHEET SUBMITTED BY THE FIRM SHOWS THAT THE BID WAS BASED ON BINDING ONE THOUSAND PAMPHLETS. UPON REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION PRIOR TO AWARD THE CONTRACTING OFFICER'S BELIEF THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS WAS CONFIRMED.

B-129868, NOV. 29, 1956

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 23, 1956, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER THE BID OF THE WASHINGTON PLANOGRAPH CO., INC., WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY BE DISREGARDED BECAUSE OF AN ERROR IT ALLEGED UPON THE CONTRACTING OFFICER'S REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION PRIOR TO AWARD.

THE WASHINGTON PLANOGRAPH CO., INC., BID $199 FOR THE PRODUCTION OF 6,001 COPIES OF A SELF-COVERED 34-PAGE PAMPHLET AND 34 FILM NEGATIVES. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE THREE OTHER BIDS RECEIVED, WHICH RANGED FROM $332 TO $391.25, AND WITH YOUR OFFICE'S ESTIMATE OF $295.30. IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST TO REVIEW THE SPECIFICATIONS AND TO CONFIRM THE BID PRICE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE FIRM ADVISED BY TELEPHONE THAT THE PRICE FOR THE BINDING WAS IN ERROR IN THAT IT WAS BASED ON BINDING ONE THOUSAND RATHER THAN SIX THOUSAND PAMPHLETS. THE WORKSHEET SUBMITTED BY THE FIRM SHOWS THAT THE BID WAS BASED ON BINDING ONE THOUSAND PAMPHLETS.

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