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Bid's Price Omission Was A Minor Informality

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 04:43 am


Sustained: Bid Error

W.B. Construction and Sons, Inc., 2012 U.S. Comp. Gen. B-405818, B-405818.2 Lexis 26 (Jan. 4, 2012)

A missing line item price and several "unbalanced" prices were not materially significant and therefore not a good enough reason for the government to reject the bid.

W.B. Construction and Sons, Inc. (WB) protested the award of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/UQ) contract for road and drainage work at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The Corps had rejected WB's bid as nonresponsive because it was missing a unit price for one of the required line items and contained "unbalanced pricing" among several line item prices that were significantly higher or lower than the prices contained in the Corps' independent government estimate (IGE).

The solicitation required an estimated quantity and a unit and extended price for 378 line items. A series of items involved removal of trees of various sizes. WB provided prices for all the tree removal items save one: "between 21 and 50 Trees (24 inches but < 36 inches)." The estimated quantity for this item wa [...]

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