B-131917, MAY 27, 1957

B-131917: May 27, 1957

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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 15. THE OTHER BIDS ON THIS ITEM WERE $540 AND $545. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID. SINCE THE APPARENT ERROR WAS CONFIRMED AND SATISFACTORILY EXPLAINED PRIOR TO AWARD.

B-131917, MAY 27, 1957

TO MR. DONALD R. WATSON, CONTRACTING OFFICER, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 15, 1957, WITH ENCLOSURE, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN CONCERNING AN ERROR ARMSTRONG METAL SPECIALTIES, INC., ALLEGES IT MADE IN ITS BID OPENED MAY 1, 1957.

BY INVITATION NO. 585-5-1-57, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH REQUESTED BIDS FOR THE FURNISHING OF CERTAIN SUPPLIES, ONE BEING ITEM 5, STAND FOR PLASTIC CAGES, TYPE S-2760. ARMSTRONG METAL SPECIALTIES, INC., SUBMITTED THE LOW BID ON THIS ITEM OF $253.81 EACH. THE OTHER BIDS ON THIS ITEM WERE $540 AND $545. THE COMPANY ALLEGED ERROR IN ITS BID AND IN REPLY TO A REQUEST FOR A COMPLETE JUSTIFICATION AS TO HOW THE ERROR OCCURRED, STATED THAT IT HAD INADVERTENTLY OMITTED FROM ITS BID THE STAINLESS STEEL SHEET COSTS.

ON THE RECORD, THERE IS NO ROOM FOR DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID, AS ALLEGED. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE THE APPARENT ERROR WAS CONFIRMED AND SATISFACTORILY EXPLAINED PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID OF ARMSTRONG METAL SPECIALTIES, INC., SHOULD BE DISREGARDED.