B-136468, JUL. 16, 1958

B-136468: Jul 16, 1958

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LESS TIME COULD BE PERMITTED WHEN THE NEED FOR THE SUPPLIES OR SERVICES WAS OF SUCH URGENCY AS NOT TO ADMIT OF SUCH DELAY. WE RECOMMEND THAT CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO AMENDING THE PARAGRAPH TO PRESCRIBE A MINIMUM BIDDING TIME OF 30 CALENDAR DAYS IN ALL CASES EXCEPT EMERGENCIES UNLESS IT IS CONCLUSIVELY SHOWN THAT THE LENGTH OF THE BID PERIOD WOULD RESULT IN INCREASING ESTABLISHED STOCK LEVELS TO AN UNECONOMICAL POINT. WE HAVE NO COMMENT TO MAKE WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED REGULATION.

B-136468, JUL. 16, 1958

TO HONORABLE FRANKLIN FLOETE, ADMINISTRATOR, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION:

WE REFER TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 2, 1958, ENCLOSING FOR OUR COMMENTS A PROPOSED GENERAL REGULATION RELATING TO THE BIDDING TIME TO BE PERMITTED GENERALLY IN CONNECTION WITH ADVERTISED AND NEGOTIATED CONTRACTS.

WE AGREE THAT UNIFORM POLICIES SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED PROVIDING FOR AMPLE BID PREPARATION TIME CONSISTENT WITH THE NEEDS OF THE GOVERNMENT. SEE, FOR EXAMPLE, 16 COMP. GEN. 485.

PARAGRAPH 5 OF THE PROPOSED REGULATION WOULD ESTABLISH A MINIMUM BIDDING TIME OF 18 CALENDAR DAYS FOR STANDARD COMMERCIAL ARTICLES AND SERVICES AND 30 CALENDAR DAYS FOR OTHER THAN STANDARD COMMERCIAL ARTICLES AND SERVICES. LESS TIME COULD BE PERMITTED WHEN THE NEED FOR THE SUPPLIES OR SERVICES WAS OF SUCH URGENCY AS NOT TO ADMIT OF SUCH DELAY. WE RECOMMEND THAT CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO AMENDING THE PARAGRAPH TO PRESCRIBE A MINIMUM BIDDING TIME OF 30 CALENDAR DAYS IN ALL CASES EXCEPT EMERGENCIES UNLESS IT IS CONCLUSIVELY SHOWN THAT THE LENGTH OF THE BID PERIOD WOULD RESULT IN INCREASING ESTABLISHED STOCK LEVELS TO AN UNECONOMICAL POINT.

OTHER THAN THE FOREGOING, WE HAVE NO COMMENT TO MAKE WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED REGULATION.