B-132573, JUL. 29, 1957

B-132573: Jul 29, 1957

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PUBLIC PRINTER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JULY 17. THE NEXT LOW BID WAS $166.90 PER M AND THE HIGH BID WAS $258.85 PER M. GP 230 AND THAT ITS BID ON THIS ITEM SHOULD HAVE BEEN $193.70 INSTEAD OF $93.70. THE COMPANY ALLEGED THAT THE ERROR WAS TYPOGRAPHICAL. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE THE ERROR ALLEGED. ARE NOT SUCH AS WOULD WARRANT A DEPARTURE FROM THE GENERAL RULE THAT BIDS MAY NOT BE CHANGED AFTER THE BIDS HAVE BEEN OPENED. SINCE THE ERROR WAS ALLEGED AND ESTABLISHED PRIOR TO AWARD.

B-132573, JUL. 29, 1957

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JULY 17, 1957, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER THE BID OF CONTAINER CORPORATION OF AMERICA ON ITEM NO. GP 230, IN THE AMOUNT OF $93.70 PER M CARTONS, MAY BE DISREGARDED IN AWARDING A CONTRACT FOR THIS WORK.

ON JUNE 14, 1957, THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE REQUESTED BIDS FOR THE FURNISHING OF CARTONS FOR THE SIX MONTHS BEGINNING AUGUST 1, 1957. RESPONSE, THE CONTAINER CORPORATION OF AMERICA SUBMITTED A BID OFFERING TO FURNISH ITEM NO. GP 230 FOR $93.70 PER M. THE NEXT LOW BID WAS $166.90 PER M AND THE HIGH BID WAS $258.85 PER M. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER REQUESTED THE COMPANY TO VERIFY ITS BID. BY LETTER OF JULY 10, 1957, THE COMPANY ADVISED THAT IT MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID ON ITEM NO. GP 230 AND THAT ITS BID ON THIS ITEM SHOULD HAVE BEEN $193.70 INSTEAD OF $93.70. THE COMPANY ALLEGED THAT THE ERROR WAS TYPOGRAPHICAL.

ON THE RECORD, THERE IS NO ROOM FOR REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE THE ERROR ALLEGED. THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE PRESENT CASE, HOWEVER, ARE NOT SUCH AS WOULD WARRANT A DEPARTURE FROM THE GENERAL RULE THAT BIDS MAY NOT BE CHANGED AFTER THE BIDS HAVE BEEN OPENED. SEE 17 COMP.GEN. 575.

ACCORDINGLY, SINCE THE ERROR WAS ALLEGED AND ESTABLISHED PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID OF THE COMPANY ON ITEM NO. GP 230 MAY BE DISREGARDED IN MAKING THE AWARD.

THE PAPERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE COMPANY'S LETTER OF JULY 10, 1957, IN EXPLANATION OF THE ..END :