B-143176, JUN. 17, 1960

B-143176: Jun 17, 1960

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A BIDDER IS NOT PERMITTED TO RECALCULATE AND CHANGE ITS BID TO INCLUDE FACTORS WHICH IT DID NOT HAVE IN MIND WHEN ITS BID WAS SUBMITTED. SINCE UPON REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION PRIOR TO AWARD YOUR BELIEF THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS WAS CONFIRMED.

B-143176, JUN. 17, 1960

TO MR. LEO N. NELSON, CONTRACTING OFFICER, VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL:

IN LETTER OF JUNE 9, 1960, REFERENCE 134, YOU REQUEST A DECISION WHETHER THE BID OF WILLIAM COLIN KIRK AND ASSOCIATES CO., DENVER, COLORADO, SUBMITTED IN RESPONSE TO INVITATION 61-10, SHOULD BE DISREGARDED OR CONSIDERED AS CORRECTED BECAUSE OF ERROR ALLEGED UPON YOUR REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION.

PAGE 3 OF THE INVITATION SOLICITED BIDS FOR ITEM 1, REGULAR ELEVATOR ADJUSTMENT SERVICE, AND PAGE 4, PRINTED ON THE BACK OF PAGE 3, SOUGHT PRICES FOR ITEM 2, EMERGENCY CALL BACK SERVICE. ON ITEM 1 THE COMPANY BID $450 PER MONTH, BUT DID NOT INSERT ANY PRICE NEXT TO ITEM 2 ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE PAGE. BECAUSE YOU SUSPECTED THE BIDDER HAD OVERLOOKED ITEM 2, YOU REQUESTED IT TO VERIFY ITS BID. THE BIDDER RESPONDED THAT AT THE TIME IT PREPARED ITS BID UNDER THE SUBJECT INVITATION IT ALSO PREPARED BIDS ON TWO OTHER GOVERNMENT INVITATIONS, THAT IN BOTH OF THOSE INVITATIONS THE BACK OF THE PAGE DID NOT REQUIRE ANY PRICES AND, CONSEQUENTLY, IT FAILED TO NOTICE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SUBJECT INVITATION. WITH ITS EXPLANATION THE BIDDER FURNISHED PRICES FOR THE OMITTED ITEM.

A BIDDER IS NOT PERMITTED TO RECALCULATE AND CHANGE ITS BID TO INCLUDE FACTORS WHICH IT DID NOT HAVE IN MIND WHEN ITS BID WAS SUBMITTED. COMP. GEN. 575. HOWEVER, SINCE UPON REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION PRIOR TO AWARD YOUR BELIEF THAT THE BID WAS ERRONEOUS WAS CONFIRMED, THE BID SHOULD BE DISREGARDED.