B-146324, AUG. 7, 1961

B-146324: Aug 7, 1961

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TO MYSTIC DISPOSAL CORPORATION: FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR TELEGRAM OF JULY 6. BECAUSE THE REMOVAL OF THE TRASH IS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED BY GOVERNMENT-OWNED TRUCKS THE LENGTH OF TIME REQUIRED TO MAKE THE NECESSARY TRIPS TO THE DISPOSAL AREA OR AREAS WAS DETERMINED TO BE A MATERIAL FACTOR IN THE EVALUATION OF THE BIDS. SINCE PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS WERE NOT APPRISED OF THIS FACT IN THE REQUEST FOR BIDS. IT WAS CONCLUDED BY THE BUREAU OF SUPPLIES AND ACCOUNTS THAT THE INVITATION SHOULD BE CANCELLED. IT IS OUR OPINION THAT THE ACTION CONTEMPLATED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE IS APPROPRIATE. WE TRUST THAT THE ISSUANCE OF A SOLICITATION WHICH WILL SET FORTH IN DETAIL ALL OF THE FACTORS NECESSARY TO PROPERLY EVALUATE THE BIDS SATISFACTORILY DISPOSES OF THE OBJECTIONS PROMPTING YOUR PROTEST.

B-146324, AUG. 7, 1961

TO MYSTIC DISPOSAL CORPORATION:

FURTHER REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR TELEGRAM OF JULY 6, 1961, PROTESTING AGAINST THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT TO ANY OTHER FIRM UNDER INVITATION FOR BIDS NO. 111-24-62, ISSUED BY THE NAVY SUPPLY DEPOT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

THE INVITATION SOUGHT BIDS TO MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE BOSTON NAVAL SHIPYARD, AREAS FOR DISPOSING TRASH GENERATED IN THAT FACILITY DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 1962. BECAUSE THE REMOVAL OF THE TRASH IS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED BY GOVERNMENT-OWNED TRUCKS THE LENGTH OF TIME REQUIRED TO MAKE THE NECESSARY TRIPS TO THE DISPOSAL AREA OR AREAS WAS DETERMINED TO BE A MATERIAL FACTOR IN THE EVALUATION OF THE BIDS. HOWEVER, SINCE PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS WERE NOT APPRISED OF THIS FACT IN THE REQUEST FOR BIDS, IT WAS CONCLUDED BY THE BUREAU OF SUPPLIES AND ACCOUNTS THAT THE INVITATION SHOULD BE CANCELLED, AND THAT IN THE READVERTISEMENT ALL SUCH FACTORS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE SECOND INVITATION.

IT IS OUR OPINION THAT THE ACTION CONTEMPLATED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE IS APPROPRIATE, UNDER THE ATTENDANT CIRCUMSTANCES, AND WE TRUST THAT THE ISSUANCE OF A SOLICITATION WHICH WILL SET FORTH IN DETAIL ALL OF THE FACTORS NECESSARY TO PROPERLY EVALUATE THE BIDS SATISFACTORILY DISPOSES OF THE OBJECTIONS PROMPTING YOUR PROTEST.