A communications construction contractor was the low apparent bidder for a $937,000.00 multi-site government project. The next lowest bid was $143,000.00 higher. A frantic post opening review by the contractor identified that almost $117,000.00 in transceiver equipment had not been included in his proposal. Because the contractor compounded his errors in the proposal and neither solicited nor provided the required minority business participation, the bid was disqualified. If the contractor had complied with the MWBE requirements the state agency could have held him to his submitted bid price. Had the contractor declined to accept the project based upon the known losses, his surety company would have had to pay $46,850.00, representing the 5% bid bond amount detailed in the RFQ. The surety in turn would have sought compensation from the contractor.