B-132576, JUL. 26, 1957

B-132576: Jul 26, 1957

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GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JULY 16. SHOWS THAT ITS BID SHOULD HAVE BEEN $852. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IT MADE A BONA FIDE ERROR IN COMPUTING ITS BID PRICE. SINCE THE APPARENT ERROR WAS NOTICED BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER AND. THE ERROR WAS CONFIRMED AND SATISFACTORILY EXPLAINED PRIOR TO AWARD. ARE RETURNED AS REQUESTED.

B-132576, JUL. 26, 1957

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER, GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JULY 16, 1957, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER THE BID OF GULBENK ENGRAVING COMPANY IN THE AMOUNT OF $162, SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO JACKET NO. 429210 FOR CERTAIN PRINTING SERVICES, MAY BE DISREGARDED IN AWARDING A CONTRACT FOR THIS WORK.

ON THE BASIS OF THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE OF RECORD, INCLUDING THE ABSTRACT OF BIDS WHICH SHOWS TEN OTHER BIDS RANGING FROM $500 TO $2,593.74, THE GOVERNMENT'S COST ESTIMATE OF $1,200 FOR THE WORK, AND THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE SHEET OF GULBENK ENGRAVING COMPANY, WHICH SUBSTANTIATES ITS ALLEGED INADVERTENT OMISSION FROM ITS BID OF CERTAIN ITEMS OF COST, AND SHOWS THAT ITS BID SHOULD HAVE BEEN $852, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IT MADE A BONA FIDE ERROR IN COMPUTING ITS BID PRICE, AS ALLEGED. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE THE APPARENT ERROR WAS NOTICED BY THE CONTRACTING OFFICER AND, UPON REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION, THE ERROR WAS CONFIRMED AND SATISFACTORILY EXPLAINED PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID OF GULBENK ENGRAVING COMPANY SHOULD BE DISREGARDED.

THE PAPERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE COMPANY'S LETTER OF JULY 11, 1957, IN EXPLANATION OF THE ERROR AND ITS ORIGINAL ESTIMATE SHEET, ARE RETURNED AS REQUESTED.