B-145221, MAY 17, 1961

B-145221: May 17, 1961

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TO SCHAEVITZ ENGINEERING COMPANY: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR TELEGRAMS OF MARCH 6 AND APRIL 20. IT IS REPORTED THAT YOU SUBMITTED AN UNSOLICITED PROPOSAL IN RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL P.R. 623C2-17075 WHICH WAS LOW. THAT DURING THE TIME THE PROPOSAL WAS UNDER CONSIDERATION PROCUREMENT OF AN IMPROVED AND SUPERIOR TYPE OF TRANSDUCER WAS FOUND TO BE FEASIBLE. THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL WAS CANCELLED IN ITS ENTIRETY. YOU AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN AFFORDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO THIS NEW REQUEST. IT IS FURTHER REPORTED THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO RECENT AWARDS TO BENDIX FOR THE TRANSDUCERS. THE LAST AWARD TO BENDIX WAS LETTER CONTRACT NOBSR- 81498 ISSUED IN JUNE 1960. THIS LETTER CONTRACT WAS MADE DEFINITIVE IN MARCH 1961 AT A PRICE OF $3.

B-145221, MAY 17, 1961

TO SCHAEVITZ ENGINEERING COMPANY:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR TELEGRAMS OF MARCH 6 AND APRIL 20, 1961, REFERRING TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL P.R. 632C2-17075, THE FIRST OF WHICH PROTESTS ANY AWARD BY THE BUREAU OF SHIPS, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, THAT MIGHT BE MADE TO BENDIX PACIFIC DIVISION, BENDIX CORPORATION, FOR SONAR TRANSDUCERS, AND THE SECOND PROTESTING AN ALLEGED AWARD TO BENDIX IN THE TOTAL APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $3,709,000 FOR THE SAME TRANSDUCERS.

IT IS REPORTED THAT YOU SUBMITTED AN UNSOLICITED PROPOSAL IN RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL P.R. 623C2-17075 WHICH WAS LOW; THAT DURING THE TIME THE PROPOSAL WAS UNDER CONSIDERATION PROCUREMENT OF AN IMPROVED AND SUPERIOR TYPE OF TRANSDUCER WAS FOUND TO BE FEASIBLE; AND THAT FOR THIS REASON, PRIMARILY, THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL WAS CANCELLED IN ITS ENTIRETY. NO AWARD FOR THE TRANSDUCERS COVERED BY THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL HAS BEEN MADE TO BENDIX OR TO ANY OTHER SUPPLIER.

A NEW REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL HAS BEEN ISSUED CALLING FOR THE DIFFERENT AND IMPROVED TYPE OF TRANSDUCER TO BE USED IN PLACE OF THE OLDER TYPE CALLED FOR BY P.R. 623C2-17075. YOU AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN AFFORDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO THIS NEW REQUEST.

IT IS FURTHER REPORTED THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO RECENT AWARDS TO BENDIX FOR THE TRANSDUCERS. THE LAST AWARD TO BENDIX WAS LETTER CONTRACT NOBSR- 81498 ISSUED IN JUNE 1960, FOR 26 TRANSDUCERS AT AN ESTIMATED PRICE OF $3,806,129. THIS LETTER CONTRACT WAS MADE DEFINITIVE IN MARCH 1961 AT A PRICE OF $3,709,913. DELIVERY UNDER THIS CONTRACT STARTED IN DECEMBER 1960 AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST 1961. APPARENTLY THE ACTION OF MAKING CONTRACT NOBSR-81498 DEFINITIVE WAS INTERPRETED ERRONEOUSLY BY YOU TO BE AN AWARD FOR THE SAME TRANSDUCERS ON WHICH YOU HAD QUOTED UNDER P.R. 623C2-17075. THE BUREAU OF SHIPS STATES DEFINITELY THAT NO AWARD WAS MADE UNDER P.R. 623C2-17075.

IN VIEW OF THE FOREGOING, THERE APPEARS NO BASIS FOR FURTHER ACTION IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR PROTEST AS SET FORTH IN THE TWO TELEGRAMS.