B-218894.2, JUL 16, 1985, 85-2 CPD 54

B-218894.2: Jul 16, 1985

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CONTRACTS - PROTESTS - GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE PROCEDURES - RECONSIDERATION REQUESTS - ERROR OF FACT OR LAW - NOT ESTABLISHED DIGEST: DECISION IS AFFIRMED WHERE REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION PRESENTS NO ERRORS OF LAW OR FACTS NOT CONSIDERED IN PRIOR DECISION. DAAE07-85-B-J320 WAS NONRESPONSIVE AND COULD NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR AWARD. THE IFB WAS A TOTAL SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE WHICH REQUIRED THAT ALL SUPPLIES TO BE FURNISHED UNDER THE PROPOSED CONTRACT BE MANUFACTURED OR PRODUCED BY DOMESTIC SMALL BUSINESSES. GINTER CERTIFIED THAT IT WAS A SMALL BUSINESS. WERE THE RULE OTHERWISE. GINTER ESSENTIALLY REITERATES ITS POSITION THAT THE LANGUAGE OF THE CERTIFICATION CLAUSE WAS CONFUSING. OUR RECONSIDERATION PROCEDURE IS RESERVED FOR REVIEW OF ALLEGED ERRORS OF LAW AND INFORMATION NOT PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED IN PRIOR DECISIONS. 4 C.F.R.

B-218894.2, JUL 16, 1985, 85-2 CPD 54

CONTRACTS - PROTESTS - GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE PROCEDURES - RECONSIDERATION REQUESTS - ERROR OF FACT OR LAW - NOT ESTABLISHED DIGEST: DECISION IS AFFIRMED WHERE REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION PRESENTS NO ERRORS OF LAW OR FACTS NOT CONSIDERED IN PRIOR DECISION.

GINTER WELDING INC.-- RECONSIDERATION:

GINTER WELDING INC. (GINTER) REQUESTS RECONSIDERATION OF OUR DECISION, GINTER WELDING INC., B-218894, MAY 29, 1985, 85-1 CPD PARA. 612, IN WHICH WE DISMISSED ITS PROTEST CHALLENGING THE DETERMINATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY THAT GINTER'S BID ON INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) NO. DAAE07-85-B-J320 WAS NONRESPONSIVE AND COULD NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR AWARD.

THE IFB WAS A TOTAL SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE WHICH REQUIRED THAT ALL SUPPLIES TO BE FURNISHED UNDER THE PROPOSED CONTRACT BE MANUFACTURED OR PRODUCED BY DOMESTIC SMALL BUSINESSES. IN FURTHERANCE OF THIS REQUIREMENT, THE IFB CALLED ON BIDDERS TO CERTIFY WHETHER OR NOT ALL SUPPLIES TO BE FURNISHED UNDER THE CONTRACT WOULD BE PRODUCED OR MANUFACTURED BY SMALL BUSINESSES. GINTER CERTIFIED THAT IT WAS A SMALL BUSINESS, BUT ALSO CERTIFIED THAT ALL SUPPLIES TO BE FURNISHED WOULD NOT BE PRODUCED OR MANUFACTURED BY SMALL BUSINESSES. SINCE GINTER THUS DID NOT OBLIGATE ITSELF TO FURNISH THE PRODUCTS OF SMALL BUSINESSES IF AWARDED THE CONTRACT, WE HELD THAT THE ARMY PROPERLY FOUND THE BID NONRESPONSIVE. ALTHOUGH GINTER CLAIMED IT HAD INTERPRETED THE CERTIFICATION TO REFER TO MATERIALS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF THE SUPPLIES RATHER THAN THE SUPPLIES TO BE "FURNISHED" UNDER THE CONTRACT AS EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE IFB CERTIFICATION, A NONRESPONSIVE BID CANNOT BE MADE RESPONSIVE BY SUCH EXPLANATIONS AFTER BID OPENING. WERE THE RULE OTHERWISE, A BIDDER COULD ELECT TO BE RESPONSIVE OR NONRESPONSIVE AFTER THE BIDS HAD BEEN REVEALED AS ITS INTERESTS DICTATED. THIS WOULD BE PREJUDICIAL TO OTHER BIDDERS.

IN ITS RECONSIDERATION REQUEST, GINTER ESSENTIALLY REITERATES ITS POSITION THAT THE LANGUAGE OF THE CERTIFICATION CLAUSE WAS CONFUSING. OUR RECONSIDERATION PROCEDURE IS RESERVED FOR REVIEW OF ALLEGED ERRORS OF LAW AND INFORMATION NOT PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED IN PRIOR DECISIONS. 4 C.F.R. SEC. 21.12(A) (1985). AS WE ALREADY HAVE CONSIDERED GINTER'S ARGUMENT THAT THE CERTIFICATION WAS CONFUSING, WE WILL NOT DO SO AGAIN HERE. SEE TRITAN CORP.-- RECONSIDERATION, B-216994.2, FEB. 4, 1985, 85-1 CPD PARA. 136.

GINTER ALSO SEEMS TO ARGUE IN ITS RECONSIDERATION REQUEST THAT ITS INDICATION UNDER CLAUSE K-29 IN ITS BID THAT ITS SMALL BUSINESS FACILITY WAS THE PLACE OF PERFORMANCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENT TO ESTABLISH THAT THE SUPPLIES WOULD BE FURNISHED BY A SMALL BUSINESS. THE PLACE OF PERFORMANCE CLAUSE IN A BID, HOWEVER, EXPRESSES ONLY A PRESENT INTENT TO PROVIDE THE PRINCIPAL PRODUCING FACILITY. THE PURPOSE OF THE CLAUSE IS INFORMATIONAL AND RELATES SOLELY TO BIDDER RESPONSIBILITY RATHER THAN TO A PERFORMANCE LOCATION COMMITMENT. AS A FIRM IS NOT PRECLUDED FROM CHANGING THE DESIGNATED INTENDED PLACE OF PERFORMANCE AFTER BID OPENING, GINTER CANNOT BE SAID TO HAVE ASSUMED A LEGAL OBLIGATION TO FURNISH SUPPLIES MANUFACTURED BY A SMALL BUSINESS MERELY BY VIRTUE OF THE PLACE OF PERFORMANCE CLAUSE. HANSON INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, B-218723, ET AL., MAY 9, 1985, 85-1 CPD PARA. 521.

AS GINTER HAS PRESENTED NO ERRORS OF LAW OR FACTS NOT CONSIDERED IN OUR PRIOR DECISION, THE DECISION IS AFFIRMED.

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