BidTX Frequently Asked Questions
1.Who determines whether bidders are eligible to bid in BidTX
The State Comptroller of Public Accounts approves all BidTX bidders.
2.Do bidders need special software or equipment to use BidTX?
No. The BidTX 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?
BidTX will permit anyone with the Comptroller's specific consent to
watch BidTX auctions in progress. An administrator observes
auctions in progress for "trouble shooting" purposes. No one may observe
an auction without the consent of the Comptroller and special
access privileges granted by the auction administrator.
4.Who can view auction results once an auction is over?
The BidTX Results Page showing auction results is accessible to
any BidTX Registrant after an auction is over.
5.What are BidTX's security features?
No one can enter an auction without using their password and ID number.
BidTX maintains a continuous and permanent record showing the
time, identity and activity of everyone who "hits" the website.
Additionally, BidTX utilizes Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to encrypt
all data transmissions to and from the BidTX web site. For redundancy, there
is a back-up server available at all times which hosts a duplicate copy of
the BidTX "code" and is capable of running all BidTX
applications with relatively little set-up time.
6.What if a bidder has a computer or Internet problem during an auction?
Most technical problems are discovered when bidders practice in the trial
auction (prior to the real auction), and are rectified shortly thereafter,
usually with the assistance of Grant Street Group staff. Grant Street Group staff is
available before, during and after the auction to answer technical
questions. Usually we are able to help bidders solve their problems
7.How does BidTX communicate last minute changes in the
Guidelines to users of the BidTX website?
BidTX 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 Comptroller can check that all bidding
parameters are properly set.
9.Where can I find information about BidTX auctions completed
You can see a list of BidTX auctions completed to date by
clicking the "Results" button at the bottom of the BidTX "Home
Go to: BidTX Home Page
Please direct questions and comments to Auction Administrator