B-136285, JUN. 9, 1958

B-136285: Jun 9, 1958

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BUREAU OF RECLAMATION: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 22. REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN WITH RESPECT TO AN ERROR ALLEGED BY RENNER MANUFACTURING COMPANY TO HAVE BEEN MADE IN ITS BID SUBMITTED ON ITEM NO. 2 IN RESPONSE TO YOUR INVITATION NO. IT IS STATED IN YOUR LETTER THAT THE ENGINEER'S ESTIMATE WAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $15. THE BIDDER STATED THAT ITS BID ON ITEM NO. 2 SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE AMOUNT OF $11. WITH THE LETTER WERE ENCLOSED THE BIDDER'S ESTIMATE SHEETS. SINCE THE ERROR WAS ALLEGED BEFORE AWARD. THE PAPERS TRANSMITTED WITH YOUR LETTER ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.

B-136285, JUN. 9, 1958

TO MR. GRANT BLOODGOOD, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER AND CHIEF ENGINEER, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF MAY 22, 1958, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN WITH RESPECT TO AN ERROR ALLEGED BY RENNER MANUFACTURING COMPANY TO HAVE BEEN MADE IN ITS BID SUBMITTED ON ITEM NO. 2 IN RESPONSE TO YOUR INVITATION NO. DS-5036 FOR FURNISHING ONE LOT OF TRASHRACKS AND TRASHRACK SUPPORT FOR THE OUTLET WORKS OF TRINITY DAM, TRINITY RIVER DIVISION, CALIFORNIA, CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT.

IN RESPONSE TO THE INVITATION, RENNER MANUFACTURING COMPANY SUBMITTED ITS BID ON THE TWO ITEMS OF THE INVITATION, INCLUDING A BID OF $5,195 ON ITEM NO. 2. THE 64 OTHER BIDS RECEIVED ON ITEM NO. 2 RANGED FROM $7,205.79 TO $25,458.19. IT IS STATED IN YOUR LETTER THAT THE ENGINEER'S ESTIMATE WAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $15,000. ON MAY 9, 1958- - THE DAY FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF BIDS--- RENNER MANUFACTURING COMPANY INQUIRED BY TELEPHONE AS TO THE RESULTS OF THE BID OPENING AND SOON AFTER RECEIVING THE REQUESTED INFORMATION STATED BY TELEPHONE THAT IT HAD DISCOVERED AN ERROR OF APPROXIMATELY $6,000 IN ITS BID ON ITEM NO. 2. BY ITS LETTER OF SWORN STATEMENT TO YOU DATED MAY 9, 1958, THE BIDDER STATED THAT ITS BID ON ITEM NO. 2 SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE AMOUNT OF $11,625 INSTEAD OF $5,195--- AN ERROR OF $6,430--- AND THAT THE ERROR RESULTED FROM INCLUDING IN THE BID PRICE OF ONLY ONE SIDE RACK SECTION, DESIGNATED AS PART 3 ON THE APPLICABLE DRAWING, INSTEAD OF SEVEN SECTIONS AS CALLED FOR BY THE INVITATION. WITH THE LETTER WERE ENCLOSED THE BIDDER'S ESTIMATE SHEETS, WHICH APPEAR TO SUBSTANTIATE THE ALLEGATION OF ERROR.

IN VIEW OF THE FACTS AS REPORTED AND SHOWN BY THE FILE, IT MAY BE REGARDED AS SATISFACTORILY ESTABLISHED THAT RENNER MANUFACTURING COMPANY MADE A BONA FIDE ERROR IN ITS BID ON ITEM NO. 2 AS ALLEGED AND EXPLAINED BY IT AND, SINCE THE ERROR WAS ALLEGED BEFORE AWARD, ITS BID ON ITEM NO. 2 MAY BE DISREGARDED.

AS REQUESTED, THE PAPERS TRANSMITTED WITH YOUR LETTER ARE RETURNED HEREWITH.