Agencies that have mandates in place agree that mandating Internet bidding ends up being a huge convenience for both bidders and the agency. They no longer have to make accommodations for both paper bids and electronic bids, and thus they streamline their process.
Like all public agencies, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is trying to find ways to do more with less. Reductions in staff and the need to reduce costs are constant reminders of this.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), like many other similar agencies, is always seeking ways to engage Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and help contractors meet DBE program goals. A contract with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AICCW) was in place to help move forward with these initiatives. Together, these organizations were seeking best practices from other agencies and discovered the Bid Express® Small Business Network™ (SBN).
Wisconsin's first two-way letting was a success. There were 21 proposals to let and 99 bids were submitted. Of those, 46 were submitted over the Internet. The contractors did not report any problems. Castleberg attributes this to good planning and training. With two-way bidding, the agency eliminated the remaining three temporary employees.