B-134762, JAN. 10, 1958

B-134762: Jan 10, 1958

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PUBLIC PRINTER: REFERENCE IS MADE TO OUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 31. THE BIDS RECEIVED WERE OPENED DECEMBER 19. WERE IN THE FOLLOWING AMOUNTS: TABLE JOHN S. THE STARK COMPANY WAS REQUESTED BY TELEGRAM TO VERIFY ITS BID. IN THE LETTER IT WAS STATED THAT PLATE CHARGES IN THE AMOUNT OF $262 HAD BEEN FIGURED BUT HAD NOT BEEN ADDED TO THE BID. WHICH STATEMENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE ESTIMATE SHEET TRANSMITTED WITH THE LETTER. THE PROBABILITY OF ERROR WAS APPARENT WHEN THE BIDS WERE OPENED BECAUSE OF THE GREAT DISPARITY BETWEEN THE BID OF THE STARK COMPANY AND THE OTHER BIDS AND THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE ESTIMATE. FOR THE REASONS ABOVE INDICATED AND SINCE THE ERROR WAS ALLEGED BEFORE AWARD. THE PAPERS ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.

B-134762, JAN. 10, 1958

TO THE HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO OUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 31, 1957, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO WHETHER THE BID OF JOHN S. STARK PRINTING COMPANY MAY BE DISREGARDED IN AWARDING A CONTRACT FOR FURNISHING BOOKS AND NEGATIVES PURSUANT TO INVITATION FOR BIDS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE ON DECEMBER 9, 1957 (JACKET NO. 448317).

THE BIDS RECEIVED WERE OPENED DECEMBER 19, 1957, AND WERE IN THE FOLLOWING AMOUNTS:

TABLE

JOHN S. STARK PRINTING COMPANY ........... $415.00

RAPID COPY SERVICE, INC. ................. 723.46

STROMBERG-ALLEN AND COMPANY .............. 770.00

MENDLE PRINTING COMPANY .................. 985.00

BECAUSE OF THE DISPARITY BETWEEN THE LOW BID AND THE OTHER BIDS RECEIVED AND THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE ESTIMATE OF $1,016.41,THE STARK COMPANY WAS REQUESTED BY TELEGRAM TO VERIFY ITS BID. BY TELEGRAM AND LETTER DATED DECEMBER 23, 1957, THE COMPANY REQUESTED RELEASE FROM THE BID, STATING THAT PLATE CHARGES HAD BEEN OMITTED. IN THE LETTER IT WAS STATED THAT PLATE CHARGES IN THE AMOUNT OF $262 HAD BEEN FIGURED BUT HAD NOT BEEN ADDED TO THE BID, WHICH STATEMENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE ESTIMATE SHEET TRANSMITTED WITH THE LETTER.

IN VIEW OF THE FACTS AS REPORTED AND SHOWN BY THE FILE, IT MAY BE REGARDED AS SATISFACTORILY ESTABLISHED THAT JOHN S. STARK PRINTING COMPANY MADE A BONA FIDE ERROR IN ITS BID. AS STATED IN YOUR LETTER, THE PROBABILITY OF ERROR WAS APPARENT WHEN THE BIDS WERE OPENED BECAUSE OF THE GREAT DISPARITY BETWEEN THE BID OF THE STARK COMPANY AND THE OTHER BIDS AND THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE ESTIMATE. FOR THE REASONS ABOVE INDICATED AND SINCE THE ERROR WAS ALLEGED BEFORE AWARD, THE BID OF JOHN S. STARK PRINTING COMPANY MAY BE DISREGARDED.

AS REQUESTED, THE PAPERS ARE RETURNED HEREWITH, EXCEPTING THE CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE BIDDER PERTAINING TO THE ERROR IN THE BID.