B-132628, JUL. 29, 1957

B-132628: Jul 29, 1957

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VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JULY 17. THE ONLY OTHER BID RECEIVED FOR CLEANING THE LINED DRAPES WAS $0.45PER SQUARE FOOT AND FOR CLEANING THE UNLINED DRAPES WAS $0.035. YOU STATE THAT SINCE IT IS GENERALLY KNOWN THAT THE PRICE FOR CLEANING AND PRESSING LINED DRAPES IS IN EXCESS OF THAT FOR UNLINED DRAPES. THE COMPANY WAS REQUESTED TO VERIFY ITS BID. THE REVISED BID WILL BE TO THE GOVERNMENT'S ADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THERE IS APPROXIMATELY TWICE AS MUCH CLEANING OF UNLINED DRAPES TO BE DONE AS THAT OF LINED DRAPES. SINCE THE APPARENT ERROR WAS NOTICED BY YOU AND. THE ERROR WAS CONFIRMED AND SATISFACTORILY EXPLAINED PRIOR TO AWARD. ARE RETURNED.

B-132628, JUL. 29, 1957

TO MR. A. W. FOSTER, CONTRACTING OFFICER, VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JULY 17, 1957, WITH ENCLOSURES, FILE 5092/134C, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN CONCERNING AN ERROR WHICH BURGER CLEANING COMPANY ALLEGES IT MADE ON ITS BID OPENED JUNE 21, 1957.

THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL, JEFFERSON BARRACKS, MISSOURI, BY INVITATION NO. 58-16, REQUESTED BIDS FOR DRY CLEANING SERVICES. RESPONSE, THE BURGER CLEANING COMPANY SUBMITTED A BID OFFERING TO DRY CLEAN AND PRESS 5,000 SQUARE FEET OF LINED DRAPES FOR $0.02 PER SQUARE FOOT AND 10,500 SQUARE FEET OF UNLINED DRAPES FOR $0.03 PER SQUARE FOOT. THE ONLY OTHER BID RECEIVED FOR CLEANING THE LINED DRAPES WAS $0.45PER SQUARE FOOT AND FOR CLEANING THE UNLINED DRAPES WAS $0.035. YOU STATE THAT SINCE IT IS GENERALLY KNOWN THAT THE PRICE FOR CLEANING AND PRESSING LINED DRAPES IS IN EXCESS OF THAT FOR UNLINED DRAPES, THE COMPANY WAS REQUESTED TO VERIFY ITS BID. BY LETTER OF JULY 12, 1957, THE COMPANY ADVISED THAT ITS BID ON THE TWO ITEMS HAD BEEN REVERSED AND THAT IT HAD INTENDED TO BID $0.03 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR THE LINED DRAPES AND $0.02 FOR THE UNLINED. THE REVISED BID WILL BE TO THE GOVERNMENT'S ADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THERE IS APPROXIMATELY TWICE AS MUCH CLEANING OF UNLINED DRAPES TO BE DONE AS THAT OF LINED DRAPES.

SINCE THE APPARENT ERROR WAS NOTICED BY YOU AND, UPON REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION, THE ERROR WAS CONFIRMED AND SATISFACTORILY EXPLAINED PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID MAY BE CORRECTED. IN THE EVENT OF AWARD TO BURGER CLEANING COMPANY, A REFERENCE TO THIS DECISION SHOULD BE MADE ON THE CONTRACT.

THE PAPERS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE COMPANY'S LETTER OF JULY 12, 1957, AND THE STATEMENT OF THE CONTRACTING OFFICER, DATED JULY 17, 1957, ARE RETURNED.