B-135016, JAN. 29, 1958

B-135016: Jan 29, 1958

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VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JANUARY 23. SHOULD HAVE ITS BID DISREGARDED BECAUSE OF AN ERROR IT ALLEGED UPON YOUR REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION. YOU BELIEVED THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE OTHER TWO BIDS. WHICH WERE $0.6798 AND $0.725 PER POUND. YOUR BELIEF THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS WAS CONFIRMED. THE ABSTRACT OF BIDS ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.

B-135016, JAN. 29, 1958

TO MR. G. R. WILKINSON, CONTRACTING OFFICER, SUPPLY DIVISION, VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED JANUARY 23, 1958, REFERENCE 5219- 134A, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION WHETHER THE RHODES RANCH EGG CO., DENVER, COLORADO, SHOULD HAVE ITS BID DISREGARDED BECAUSE OF AN ERROR IT ALLEGED UPON YOUR REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION.

IN RESPONSE TO INVITATION NO. 58-44, THE RHODES RANCH EGG CO. BID $0.62 PER POUND TO FURNISH 320 POUNDS OF BUTTER REQUIRED UNDER ITEM 138. YOU BELIEVED THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF LINE WITH THE OTHER TWO BIDS, WHICH WERE $0.6798 AND $0.725 PER POUND, AND WITH THE AVERAGE LOW BID OF $0.72 PER POUND WHICH HAS PREVAILED IN RECENT MONTHS. RESPONSE TO A REQUEST TO VERIFY THE BID PRICE, THE FIRM IMMEDIATELY REPLIED THAT IT INTENDED TO BID $0.72 PER POUND, BUT IN THE HASTE OF PREPARING ITS BID IT INADVERTENTLY WROTE $0.62 PER POUND. IN SUPPORT OF ITS ALLEGATION OF ERROR, IT SUBMITTED A SCRATCH PAD NOTATION,"BUTTER * * * .7200," ALLEGEDLY MADE PRIOR TO BIDDING.

SINCE, UPON YOUR REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION, YOUR BELIEF THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS WAS CONFIRMED, THE BID MAY BE DISREGARDED.

THE BID OF RHODES RANCH EGG CO. AND THE ABSTRACT OF BIDS ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.