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14.406 Receipt of an unreadable electronic bid.

14.406 Receipt of an unreadable electronic bid.

If a bid received at the Government facility by electronic data interchange is unreadable to the degree that conformance to the essential requirements of the invitation for bids cannot be ascertained, the contracting officer immediately shall notify the bidder that the bid will be rejected unless the bidder provides clear and convincing evidence-

      (a) Of the content of the bid as originally submitted; and

      (b) That the unreadable condition of the bid was caused by Government software or hardware error, malfunction, or other Government mishandling.