B-151756, JUN. 20, 1963

B-151756: Jun 20, 1963

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WHICH IS A COPY OF A LETTER DIRECTED BY YOUR CONCERN TO THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS. ON WHICH YOU APPARENTLY DID NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BID BECAUSE OF THE SHORT PERIOD BETWEEN THE TIME YOU RECEIVED THE INVITATION AND THE OPENING OF BIDS. YOU INQUIRE OF THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS IF YOU ARE PRESENTLY ON THEIR MAILING LIST AND REQUEST AN EXPLANATION FROM THE BUREAU FOR THEIR FAILURE TO MAIL THE ABOVE INVITATION TO YOUR CONCERN AS YOU REQUESTED. IT IS. UNFORTUNATE WHENEVER AN INTERESTED SUPPLIER DOES NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BID. WE HAVE HELD THAT THE FAILURE OF A PROSPECTIVE BIDDER TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO BID. IF YOU WISH US TO CONSIDER THE MATTER FURTHER AFTER YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS' EXPLANATION.

B-151756, JUN. 20, 1963

TO MR. W. H. PERRY:

WE REFER TO YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 6, 1963, WHICH IS A COPY OF A LETTER DIRECTED BY YOUR CONCERN TO THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS. YOU REFER TO IFB NO. B-1657-63 ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS, ON WHICH YOU APPARENTLY DID NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BID BECAUSE OF THE SHORT PERIOD BETWEEN THE TIME YOU RECEIVED THE INVITATION AND THE OPENING OF BIDS. YOU MENTION ALSO THAT YOU HAD REQUESTED TO BE PUT ON THE MAILING LIST FOR THIS PARTICULAR INVITATION IN APRIL. YOU INQUIRE OF THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS IF YOU ARE PRESENTLY ON THEIR MAILING LIST AND REQUEST AN EXPLANATION FROM THE BUREAU FOR THEIR FAILURE TO MAIL THE ABOVE INVITATION TO YOUR CONCERN AS YOU REQUESTED.

IT IS, OF COURSE, UNFORTUNATE WHENEVER AN INTERESTED SUPPLIER DOES NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BID. HOWEVER, WE HAVE HELD THAT THE FAILURE OF A PROSPECTIVE BIDDER TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO BID, OR AMENDMENTS THERETO, DOES NOT JUSTIFY READVERTISING THE PROCUREMENT. B 147515, JANUARY 12, 1962, COPY ENCLOSED. IF YOU WISH US TO CONSIDER THE MATTER FURTHER AFTER YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE BUREAU OF STANDARDS' EXPLANATION, PLEASE ADVISE US.