B-180375, FEB 20, 1974

B-180375: Feb 20, 1974

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WHICH WAS ABOUT 7 TIMES $750 CURRENT MARKET APPRAISAL. SHOULD HAVE PLACED CONTRACTING OFFICER ON NOTICE OF POSSIBILITY OF ERROR WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN VERIFIED BEFORE AWARD. WHICH WAS APPROXIMATELY 7 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF THE $750 CURRENT MARKET APPRAISAL. SHOULD HAVE PLACED THE CONTRACTING OFFICER ON NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ERROR IN THE BID. WE HAVE REVIEWED THE ADMINISTRATIVE FILE AND. AGREE THAT THE CONTRACTING OFFICER WAS ON CONSTRUCTIVE NOTICE OF ERROR AND THAT VERIFICATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BEFORE AWARD WAS ACCOMPLISHED.

B-180375, FEB 20, 1974

CONTRACT FOR SALE AND REMOVAL OF BUILDINGS MAY BE RESCINDED AS RECOMMENDED, SINCE $5,200 BID PRICE, WHICH WAS ABOUT 7 TIMES $750 CURRENT MARKET APPRAISAL, SHOULD HAVE PLACED CONTRACTING OFFICER ON NOTICE OF POSSIBILITY OF ERROR WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN VERIFIED BEFORE AWARD.

TO MR. MARTIN LANDIE:

BY LETTER DATED JANUARY 2, 1974, THE GENERAL COUNSEL, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, RECOMMENDED, IN CONCURRENCE WITH THE CONTRACTING OFFICER, THAT CONTRACT DACW41-7-73-679 AWARDED MARTIN LANDIE ON ITEM 4 OF INVITATION DACW41-73-B-0147 FOR THE SALE AND REMOVAL OF CERTAIN BUILDINGS BE RESCINDED ON THE GROUND THAT THE $5,200 BID PRICE, WHICH WAS APPROXIMATELY 7 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF THE $750 CURRENT MARKET APPRAISAL, SHOULD HAVE PLACED THE CONTRACTING OFFICER ON NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ERROR IN THE BID.

WE HAVE REVIEWED THE ADMINISTRATIVE FILE AND, ON THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, AGREE THAT THE CONTRACTING OFFICER WAS ON CONSTRUCTIVE NOTICE OF ERROR AND THAT VERIFICATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BEFORE AWARD WAS ACCOMPLISHED.

ACCORDINGLY, THE SALES CONTRACT MAY BE RESCINDED, AS RECOMMENDED.