B-144195, OCT. 19, 1960

B-144195: Oct 19, 1960

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VETERANS ADMINISTRATION SUPPLY DEPOT: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 6. BIDS WERE REQUESTED FOR FURNISHING WOOD TONGUE DEPRESSORS TO BE DELIVERED TO VARIOUS VETERANS HOSPITALS. HOSPITAL SUPPLY CORPORATION ADVISED THAT AN ERROR HAD BEEN MADE IN ITS BID IN THAT ITS REGULAR PRICE WAS $8.23 PER CASE OF 10 BOXES AND THROUGH ERROR THIS PRICE WAS DIVIDED BY 20 INSTEAD OF 10. THERE IS LITTLE ROOM FOR DOUBT THAT THE CORPORATION MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID. SINCE IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE BID OF U.S. HOSPITAL SUPPLY CORPORATION WAS ERRONEOUS. SUCH BELIEF WAS CONFIRMED AND THE ERROR WAS EXPLAINED PRIOR TO AWARD.

B-144195, OCT. 19, 1960

TO MR. ADAM E. SHUMAN, CHIEF, MARKETING DIVISION, VETERANS ADMINISTRATION SUPPLY DEPOT:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER OF OCTOBER 6, 1960, WITH ENCLOSURES, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN CONCERNING AN ERROR WHICH THE U.S. HOSPITAL SUPPLY CORPORATION ALLEGES IT MADE IN ITS BID OPENED SEPTEMBER 27, 1960.

BY INVITATION NO. M1-62-61, BIDS WERE REQUESTED FOR FURNISHING WOOD TONGUE DEPRESSORS TO BE DELIVERED TO VARIOUS VETERANS HOSPITALS. RESPONSE THE U.S. HOSPITAL SUPPLY CORPORATION SUBMITTED A BID DATED SEPTEMBER 24, 1960, OFFERING TO FURNISH DEPRESSORS FOR $0.4115 PER BOX. THE OTHER BIDS RANGE FROM $0.59 TO $0.98.

UPON BEING REQUESTED TO VERIFY ITS BID PRICES, U.S. HOSPITAL SUPPLY CORPORATION ADVISED THAT AN ERROR HAD BEEN MADE IN ITS BID IN THAT ITS REGULAR PRICE WAS $8.23 PER CASE OF 10 BOXES AND THROUGH ERROR THIS PRICE WAS DIVIDED BY 20 INSTEAD OF 10.

ON THE RECORD, THERE IS LITTLE ROOM FOR DOUBT THAT THE CORPORATION MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID, AS ALLEGED. ACCORDINGLY, SINCE IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE BID OF U.S. HOSPITAL SUPPLY CORPORATION WAS ERRONEOUS, AND SUCH BELIEF WAS CONFIRMED AND THE ERROR WAS EXPLAINED PRIOR TO AWARD, THE BID OF THE CORPORATION MAY BE DISREGARDED IN MAKING THE AWARD.