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Decisions Of The Comptroller General: Emailed Bid Bond Is Not An Original Document

Friday, April 23, 2010 03:27 am


Denied: Bid Bond Matter of: Excel Building & Development Corporation, 2009 U.S. Comp. Gen. B--401955, (Dec. 23, 2009); and Matter of: TJ?s Marine Construction LLC, 2010 U.S. Comp. Gen. B--402227 (Jan. 7, 2010)

The E--SIGN Act doesn?t require the government to accept electronic signatures as originals. Nor does FAR oblige the government to accept e--signatures without requiring supplemental hard copies. See FAR 4.502(a).

When Excel Building & Development Corporation (Excel) bid on a campground construction project for the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, it submitted a bid bond that contained a copy of the surety?s signature and seal. [...]

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