$20,000 Bid Error Cost Bidder An $800,000 Project

Thursday, August 30, 2018 6:42 am
September 2018 - Volume 40 Number 9

Denied: Bid Correction

Matter of: Seabee Constr., LLC, 2018 U.S. Comp. Gen. B-416436 Lexis 212 (July 16, 2018)

If not for a typo, a bidder would have had the lowest, winning bid price by $19,500. But the Comptroller General upheld the government’s decision to deny the opportunity to correct the bid sheet.

On April 18, 2018, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued an invitation for bids (IFB) for landfill fencing under Federal Acquisition Regulation (F.A.R.) part 14. The IFB was a total service-disabled veteran owned small business set-aside, and the fixed-price contract was to be awarded based solely on price. The bid opening date was set as May 22, 2018.

Seabee Construction, LLC (Seabee) submitted its sealed bid on May 18, 2018. The Corps contacted Seabee on May 25 to verify the unit price for each contract line item number (CLIN). The IFB required bidders to submit pricing for four CLINs separately, as well as a total bid price of the four CLINs combined. (And the Corps cautioned bidders to “review the bidder’s price for possible errors in calculation[..]