B-134533, DEC. 6, 1957

B-134533: Dec 6, 1957

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PUBLIC PRINTER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 29. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE SIX OTHER BIDS RECEIVED. THE BIDDER ADVISED THAT IT HAD NEGLECTED TO NOTE THAT THE PAPER WAS TO BE FURNISHED BY IT AND THAT IT HAD FAILED TO INCLUDE THE COST OF THE PAPER IN ITS BID PRICE. UNDER THE PRINTED WORD "PAPER" THERE APPEARS THE WRITTEN WORD "FURNISHED" AND NO PRICE IS RECORDED IN THE PRICE ESTIMATE COLUMN OPPOSITE. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER'S BELIEF THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS WAS CONFIRMED.

B-134533, DEC. 6, 1957

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 29, 1957, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION WHETHER THE BID OF THE LAGONDA PRINTING COMPANY, SPRINGFIELD, OHIO, MAY BE DISREGARDED BECAUSE OF AN ERROR ALLEGED PRIOR TO AWARD.

THE LAGONDA PRINTING COMPANY BID $212.75 FOR THE PRODUCTION OF 40,000 FORMS PRINTED ON WHITE C.W. LEDGER PAPER TO BE FURNISHED BY THE CONTRACTOR. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER BELIEVED THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE SIX OTHER BIDS RECEIVED, WHICH RANGED FROM $420 TO $886, AND YOUR OFFICE'S ESTIMATE OF $431.83. IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST TO REVIEW THE SPECIFICATIONS AND TO CONFIRM THE BID PRICE, THE BIDDER ADVISED THAT IT HAD NEGLECTED TO NOTE THAT THE PAPER WAS TO BE FURNISHED BY IT AND THAT IT HAD FAILED TO INCLUDE THE COST OF THE PAPER IN ITS BID PRICE. IN THE ESTIMATE SHEET SUBMITTED BY THE BIDDER, UNDER THE PRINTED WORD "PAPER" THERE APPEARS THE WRITTEN WORD "FURNISHED" AND NO PRICE IS RECORDED IN THE PRICE ESTIMATE COLUMN OPPOSITE. THIS WOULD TEND TO INDICATE THAT THE BIDDER EXPECTED THE PAPER TO BE FURNISHED BY YOUR OFFICE. THE CONTRACTING OFFICER HAS STATED THAT THE COST OF THE PAPER ALONE WOULD EXCEED THE PRICE QUOTED BY THE BIDDER.

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.