B-144906, MAR. 14, 1961

B-144906: Mar 14, 1961

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TO HARRIS-SEYBOLD COMPANY: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO COPY OF YOUR LETTER DATED JANUARY 17. THE RECORD DISCLOSES THAT IN RESPONSE TO THE INVITATION TWO OFFERS WERE RECEIVED. BOTH OF WHICH WERE FOUND TO BE NONRESPONSIVE BY THE PROCUREMENT OFFICIALS AND THEREFORE WERE REJECTED. WE HAVE BEEN FURTHER ADVISED THAT THE IMMEDIATE NEED FOR THE EQUIPMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE ALLEVIATED WHICH WILL PERMIT A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE SPECIFICATIONS WITH THE VIEW TO RELAXING SO FAR AS POSSIBLE THE REQUIREMENTS AND THE DELIVERY TIME UPON THE READVERTISEMENT CONTEMPLATED IN THE NEAR FUTURE. REJECTION OF THE BIDS RECEIVED IN RESPONSE TO THE ORIGINAL INVITATION APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A PROPER EXERCISE OF ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY.

B-144906, MAR. 14, 1961

TO HARRIS-SEYBOLD COMPANY:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO COPY OF YOUR LETTER DATED JANUARY 17, 1961, WITH ENCLOSURE, ADDRESSED TO THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, PROTESTING AGAINST THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT FOR A FOREIGN MADE PRINTING PRESS UNDER INVITATION FOR BID NO. CIVENG-22-079-61-15.

THE RECORD DISCLOSES THAT IN RESPONSE TO THE INVITATION TWO OFFERS WERE RECEIVED, BOTH OF WHICH WERE FOUND TO BE NONRESPONSIVE BY THE PROCUREMENT OFFICIALS AND THEREFORE WERE REJECTED. WE HAVE BEEN FURTHER ADVISED THAT THE IMMEDIATE NEED FOR THE EQUIPMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE ALLEVIATED WHICH WILL PERMIT A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE SPECIFICATIONS WITH THE VIEW TO RELAXING SO FAR AS POSSIBLE THE REQUIREMENTS AND THE DELIVERY TIME UPON THE READVERTISEMENT CONTEMPLATED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

REJECTION OF THE BIDS RECEIVED IN RESPONSE TO THE ORIGINAL INVITATION APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A PROPER EXERCISE OF ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY, AND IT IS ASSUMED THAT THE MATTERS INVOLVED IN YOUR PROTEST WILL BE SATISFACTORILY DISPOSED OF BY THE ACTION OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS WHICH WILL AFFORD YOU AN OPPORTUNITY OF BIDDING ON THE REVISED REQUIREMENTS.