B-156300, JUN. 15, 1965

B-156300: Jun 15, 1965

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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION: REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE LETTER DATED APRIL 1. A PRIMARY EFFECT OF THIS REGULATION IS TO AMEND THAT PORTION OF INSTRUCTION NO. 7 IN STANDARD FORM 22 UNDER WHICH A BID IS CLASSIFIED AS A LATE BID ONLY IF IT IS RECEIVED AFTER THE TIME SET FOR BID OPENING AND TO SUBSTITUTE A PROVISION THAT "BIDS. OR WITHDRAWALS RECEIVED AFTER THE TIME SET FOR RECEIPT OF BIDS ARE LATE AND MAY BE CONSIDERED ONLY IF THEIR RECEIPT MAY BE WAIVED UNDER INSTRUCTION NO. 7 OF INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS (STANDARD FORM 22).'. THE REGULATION DOES NOT PURPORT TO MODIFY INSTRUCTIONS NOS. 5 (D) AND 8 OF STANDARD FORM 22 WHICH IS ALSO REQUIRED UNDER 41 CFR 1 16.401 (E) TO BE USED FOR ADVERTISED CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS.

B-156300, JUN. 15, 1965

TO THE HONORABLE LAWSON B. KNOTT, JR., ADMINISTRATOR, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE LETTER DATED APRIL 1, 1965, WITH ENCLOSURES, FROM THE GENERAL COUNSEL, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, CONCERNING THE PROTEST OF WOHLFELD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY AGAINST THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT TO THE BRASELTON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OFA POST OFFICE AND FEDERAL OFFICE BUILDING IN ALICE, TEXAS.

THE PROTEST CONCERNS THE DELAYED BID OPENING PROCEDURE PRESCRIBED BY THE GENERAL SERVICES PROCUREMENT REGULATION AS PUBLISHED IN 41 CFR 5B 2.202- 70, 29 F.R. 15026, 15027, WHICH REQUIRES THE LISTING OF SUBCONTRACTORS FOR BIDDERS ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

A PRIMARY EFFECT OF THIS REGULATION IS TO AMEND THAT PORTION OF INSTRUCTION NO. 7 IN STANDARD FORM 22 UNDER WHICH A BID IS CLASSIFIED AS A LATE BID ONLY IF IT IS RECEIVED AFTER THE TIME SET FOR BID OPENING AND TO SUBSTITUTE A PROVISION THAT "BIDS, MODIFICATIONS, OR WITHDRAWALS RECEIVED AFTER THE TIME SET FOR RECEIPT OF BIDS ARE LATE AND MAY BE CONSIDERED ONLY IF THEIR RECEIPT MAY BE WAIVED UNDER INSTRUCTION NO. 7 OF INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS (STANDARD FORM 22).' HOWEVER, THE REGULATION DOES NOT PURPORT TO MODIFY INSTRUCTIONS NOS. 5 (D) AND 8 OF STANDARD FORM 22 WHICH IS ALSO REQUIRED UNDER 41 CFR 1 16.401 (E) TO BE USED FOR ADVERTISED CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS. THESE INSTRUCTIONS STATE THAT MODIFICATIONS AND WITHDRAWALS OF BIDS ARE PERMITTED IF RECEIVED PRIOR TO THE TIME SET FOR OPENING OF BIDS.

THE INVITATION FOR BIDS IN QUESTION SET THE TIME FOR RECEIPT OF BIDS AS 3:00 P.M., FEBRUARY 3, 1965, WITH THE TIME SET FOR BID OPENING AS 3:00 P.M., FEBRUARY 5, 1965. IT CONTAINED STANDARD FORM 22 AS REQUIRED BY 41 CFR 1-16.401 (E), WITH INSTRUCTION NO. 7, MODIFIED ACCORDING TO 41 CFR 5B- 2.202-70.

THE FOLLOWING BIDS WHICH HAD BEEN RECEIVED BY THE TIME SET FOR RECEIPT OF BIDS WERE OPENED ON FEBRUARY 5, 1965:

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BRASELTON CONSTRUCTION CO. $552,700

WOHLFELD CONSTRUCTION CO. 553,397

SECURITY CONSTRUCTION CO. 583,900

GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION CO. 592,000

HOWEVER, IT WAS FOUND THAT WOHLFELD HAD SUBMITTED AFTER THE TIME SET FOR RECEIPT OF BIDS BUT BEFORE THE TIME SET FOR OPENING, A MODIFICATION OF ITS BID WHICH REDUCED THE BID FIGURE $550,800, MAKING IT THE APPARENT LOW BIDDER IF SUCH MODIFICATION WERE CONSIDERED. YOUR ADMINISTRATION REPORTS THAT BECAUSE SUCH MODIFICATION WAS NOT RECEIVED UNTIL AFTER THE TIME SET FOR RECEIPT OF BIDS HAD EXPIRED, IT WAS TREATED AS A LATE MODIFICATION WHICH COULD NOT BE CONSIDERED, AND THAT PURSUANT THERETO THE CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO THE BRASELTON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY. WHOLFELD DISPUTES SUCH CONTENTION POINTING OUT THAT UNDER INSTRUCTION NO. 5 (D), MODIFICATION OF BIDS ARE PERMITTED IF RECEIVED AT THE DESIGNATED OFFICE BY THE TIME SET FOR OPENING OF BIDS.

SINCE THE CIRCUMSTANCES APPEAR TO BE SUBSTANTIALLY IDENTICAL TO THOSE CONSIDERED IN OUR DECISION OF MAY 11, 1965, B-156331, TO YOU, IT IS OUR OPINION THAT FOR THE REASONS STATED THEREIN THE BID OF WOHLFELD WAS IMPROPERLY REJECTED AND THAT THEREFORE, THE CONTRACT IN QUESTION SHOULD BE CANCELLED.