Request That Items Be Deleted From Negotiated Contract

B-179752: Nov 15, 1973

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CONTRACTOR WHOSE BID PRICES ON RAW FROZEN BONELESS TURKEY ROLLS WERE 31 TO 89 PERCENT LOWER THAN PRICES QUOTED BY ONLY OTHER BIDDER MAY HAVE ITEMS DELETED FROM CONTRACT SINCE. CONTRACTING OFFICER SHOULD HAVE REQUESTED VERIFICATION OF BID BEFORE ACCEPTANCE THEREOF. RELIEF IS REQUESTED BECAUSE THE PREVIOUS COST FOR RAW TURKEY ROLLS WAS CONSIDERABLY HIGHER THAN THE COST FOR COOKED TURKEY ROLLS AND ON THE BASIS THAT THE CONTRACTING OFFICER SHOULD HAVE REQUESTED BID VERIFICATION BEFORE AWARD SINCE THE PRICES QUOTED BY THE ONLY OTHER RESPONSIVE BIDDER ON ITEMS 15 THROUGH 19 WERE 31 TO 89 PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE PRICES QUOTED BY LONGMONT. WE HAVE REVIEWED THE ADMINISTRATIVE FILE AND. WE AGREE WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE SUPPLY SERVICE THAT THE CONTRACTING OFFICER SHOULD HAVE REQUESTED VERIFICATION OF THE BID PRIOR TO AWARD.

B-179752, NOV 15, 1973

CONTRACTOR WHOSE BID PRICES ON RAW FROZEN BONELESS TURKEY ROLLS WERE 31 TO 89 PERCENT LOWER THAN PRICES QUOTED BY ONLY OTHER BIDDER MAY HAVE ITEMS DELETED FROM CONTRACT SINCE, IN VIEW OF SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TWO BIDS RECEIVED AND FACT THAT CONTRACTOR'S PRICES FOR RAW TURKEY ROLLS, A LOWER PRICED ITEM, CONTRACTING OFFICER SHOULD HAVE REQUESTED VERIFICATION OF BID BEFORE ACCEPTANCE THEREOF.

TO MR. DONALD E. JOHNSON:

WE REFER TO LETTER 134C DATED SEPTEMBER 19, 1973, WITH ENCLOSURES, FROM THE DIRECTOR, SUPPLY SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, RECOMMENDING THAT ITEMS 15 THROUGH 19 OF NEGOTIATED CONTRACT NO. V797P 4660C (PURCHASE ORDER NO. 74-MC-40053) AWARDED TO LONGMONT TURKEY PROCESSORS, INC., FOR RAW FROZEN BONELESS TURKEY ROLLS BE DELETED. RELIEF IS REQUESTED BECAUSE THE PREVIOUS COST FOR RAW TURKEY ROLLS WAS CONSIDERABLY HIGHER THAN THE COST FOR COOKED TURKEY ROLLS AND ON THE BASIS THAT THE CONTRACTING OFFICER SHOULD HAVE REQUESTED BID VERIFICATION BEFORE AWARD SINCE THE PRICES QUOTED BY THE ONLY OTHER RESPONSIVE BIDDER ON ITEMS 15 THROUGH 19 WERE 31 TO 89 PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE PRICES QUOTED BY LONGMONT.

WE HAVE REVIEWED THE ADMINISTRATIVE FILE AND, ON THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, WE AGREE WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE SUPPLY SERVICE THAT THE CONTRACTING OFFICER SHOULD HAVE REQUESTED VERIFICATION OF THE BID PRIOR TO AWARD. ACCORDINGLY, ITEMS 15 THROUGH 19 OF THE CONTRACT MAY BE DELETED AS RECOMMENDED.

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