BidOhio Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who determines whether bidders are eligible to bid in BidOhio auctions?
The State of Ohio approves all BidOhio bidders.

2. Do bidders need special software or equipment to use BidOhio?
No. The BidOhio website can be accessed using any competent Internet service provider and any popular browser. Faster response is achieved with faster modems and faster Internet connections (e.g., ISDN lines, T-1's, T-3's, etc.).

3. Who can observe auctions while in progress?
The Treasurer of State may grant observation privileges to non-bidding public fund administrators and other guests. An administrator observes auctions in progress for "trouble shooting" purposes. No one may observe an auction without the written consent of the State of Ohio and special access privileges granted by the auction administrator.

4. Who can view auction results once an auction is over?
The BidOhio Results Page showing auction results is accessible to the public by simply clicking on the "Results" button on the BidOhio Home Page.

5. What are BidOhio's security features?
No one can enter an auction without using their password and ID number. BidOhio maintains a continuous and permanent record showing the time, identity and activity of everyone who "hits" the website. There is a back-up server available at all times which hosts a duplicate copy of the BidOhio "code" and is capable of running all BidOhio applications with relatively little set-up time.

6. What if a bidder has a computer or Internet problem during an auction?
Most users' technical problems are discovered when bidders practice in the trial auction (prior to the real auction), and are generally related to outdated browsers. This can be easily rectified. Grant Street Group staff is available before, during and after any auction to answer technical questions and can help bidders solve their problems.

7. How does BidOhio communicate last minute changes in the Guidelines to users of the BidOhio website?
BidOhio will display the changes on the "Amendments Page" for the related auction. Whenever amendments are added, the date and time of the most recent change is prominently displayed on the website.

8. What is the purpose of the trial auction?
It is a bidding site identical to the real auction where prospective bidders can practice bidding and the State can check that all bidding parameters are properly set.

9. Where can I find information about BidOhio auctions completed to date?
You can see a list of BidOhio auctions completed to date by clicking the "Results" button on the BidOhio "Home Page".

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