B-146601, AUG. 11, 1961

B-146601: Aug 11, 1961

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED AUGUST 4. THE OTHER BIDS ON THIS SCHEDULE WERE $11. THE GOVERNMENT ESTIMATE WAS $13. WHICH SHOW THAT THE QUOTATIONS WERE BASED ON HORIZONTALLY MOUNTED SWITCHES ONLY. THERE IS LITTLE ROOM FOR DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID.

B-146601, AUG. 11, 1961

TO CONTRACTING OFFICER, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR LETTER DATED AUGUST 4, 1961, WITH ENCLOSURES, YOUR FILE D-150, REQUESTING A DECISION AS TO THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN CONCERNING AN ERROR MCGRAW-EDISON COMPANY (LINE MATERIAL INDUSTRIES) ALLEGES IT MADE IN ITS BID OPENED ON JUNE 20, 1961.

BY INVITATION NO. DS-5598, ISSUED MAY 15, 1961, THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, DENVER, COLORADO, REQUESTED BIDS FOR THE FURNISHING OF CERTAIN SWITCHES AND FUSES FOR SPENCER, DENISON, AND CRESTON SUBSTATIONS, TRANSMISSION DIVISION, IOWA, MISSOURI RIVER BASIN PROJECT. IN RESPONSE THE MCGRAW-EDISON COMPANY SUBMITTED A BID ON SCHEDULE NO. 2, CONSISTING OF THREE SWITCHES, OF $8,690. THE OTHER BIDS ON THIS SCHEDULE WERE $11,480, $16,140, $16,480 AND $23,111. THE GOVERNMENT ESTIMATE WAS $13,000.

UPON BEING REQUESTED TO VERIFY ITS BID PRICE MCGRAW-EDISON COMPANY ADVISED THAT IT HAD OVERLOOKED THE FACT THAT THE SPECIFICATIONS REQUIRED VERTICAL MOUNTING AND THAT ITS INTERRUPTER WOULD OPERATE ONLY WITH HORIZONTALLY MOUNTED SWITCHES. THE COMPANY REQUESTED THAT THEIR BID BE CHANGED TO "NO BID" ON SCHEDULE NO. 2. IN SUPPORT OF THE ALLEGATION OF ERROR THE COMPANY FURNISHED ITS ORIGINAL WORKSHEET, BULLETING PPSE-100 AND LIST PRICES, WHICH SHOW THAT THE QUOTATIONS WERE BASED ON HORIZONTALLY MOUNTED SWITCHES ONLY.

ON THE BASIS OF THE FOREGOING, THERE IS LITTLE ROOM FOR DOUBT THAT THE COMPANY MADE AN ERROR IN ITS BID, AS ALLEGED. ACCORDINGLY, THE BID OF THE COMPANY ON SCHEDULE NO. 2 MAY BE DISREGARDED IN ..END :