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GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR REPORT DATED JANUARY 13. YOUR ATTENTION IS INVITED TO THE ENCLOSED COPY OF OUR LETTER OF TODAY TO THE PROTESTANT IN REGARD TO THE MATTER. AS INDICATED IN OUR LETTER THE SPECIFICATIONS WERE NOT CLEAR AS TO THE BASIS ON WHICH BIDS WERE TO BE EVALUATED INSOFAR AS IT INVOLVED THE MATTER OF TRANSPORTATION COSTS. THE EVENT THAT BIDS ARE SOLICITED ON AN F.O.B. THE VARIOUS DESTINATION POINTS AND INTENDED METHODS OF SHIPMENT ARE KNOWN. IT SHOULD BE SO STATED IN THE INVITATION AND IT SHOULD BE SPECIFICALLY STATED THAT BIDS WILL BE EVALUATED BY TAKING THESE FACTORS INTO ACCOUNT IN DETERMINING THE LOWEST DELIVERED COST TO THE GOVERNMENT.

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B-141559, FEB. 3, 1960

TO HONORABLE RAYMOND BLATTENBERGER, PUBLIC PRINTER, GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE:

REFERENCE IS MADE TO YOUR REPORT DATED JANUARY 13, 1960, FURNISHED OUR OFFICE IN REGARD TO THE PROTEST OF REYNOLDS OFFSET COMPANY, INC., AGAINST THE AWARD OF A CONTRACT TO THE CUNEO EASTERN PRESS, INC., PURSUANT TO AN INVITATION FOR BIDS OPENED ON DECEMBER 10, 1959.

YOUR ATTENTION IS INVITED TO THE ENCLOSED COPY OF OUR LETTER OF TODAY TO THE PROTESTANT IN REGARD TO THE MATTER. AS INDICATED IN OUR LETTER THE SPECIFICATIONS WERE NOT CLEAR AS TO THE BASIS ON WHICH BIDS WERE TO BE EVALUATED INSOFAR AS IT INVOLVED THE MATTER OF TRANSPORTATION COSTS. THE EVENT THAT BIDS ARE SOLICITED ON AN F.O.B. ORIGIN BASIS, AND THE VARIOUS DESTINATION POINTS AND INTENDED METHODS OF SHIPMENT ARE KNOWN, IT SHOULD BE SO STATED IN THE INVITATION AND IT SHOULD BE SPECIFICALLY STATED THAT BIDS WILL BE EVALUATED BY TAKING THESE FACTORS INTO ACCOUNT IN DETERMINING THE LOWEST DELIVERED COST TO THE GOVERNMENT.

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