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Tips to Avoid Reject of Bid

​Most Common Mistakes

  • The bidder is not currently prequalified or is not prequalified in the project's class or classes of work.
  • The bid contains the signature of someone not authorized to sign the bid booklet.
  • The First-Tier Subcontractor Disclosure form is not submitted, is submitted late, or is incomplete.
  • The bid does not meet DBE goal and/or the DBE Commitment Certification and Utilization Form is not submitted, is incomplete, or is not signed.


  • The bidder has submitted a complete and correct Prime Contractor Prequalification Application 10 days prior to bid opening.
  • The bidder is prequalified in the project’s class or classes of work.
    The signature on the bid is for an individual listed as an authorized signer of bids in the bidder’s current prequalification application form.
  • Electronic bidder’s Bid Express (BidX) Electronic Digital signature must match current authorized signer of bids in Prequalification.

(References: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/CS/CONSTRUCTION/Prequalification.shtml; Oregon Standard Specifications for Construction, General Conditions 00120.00.)

Subcontractor Disclosure Form

  • Filled out the First-Tier Subcontractor Disclosure Form (for projects over $100,000) correctly and completely, including subcontractor name, category of work, and dollar amount.
  • Deadline for submittal of form is 2 hours after bid closing.

(References: ORS 279C.370; Oregon Standard Specifications, General Conditions 120.40(f), solicitation documents and the form itself).

DBE Goals

DBE Goals/DBE Commitment and Utilization Form

  • Verify the certification on the Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business (OMWESB) website, or call 503-986-4355.

Bid Booklet/Electronic Bid

  • When downloading plans and special provisions from  ODOT eBIDS website, make sure you have registered your company on the holder of bidding plans list.
  • Make sure the bid is submitted prior to the deadline as stated in bid booklet and solicitation document
  • Make sure the paper bid is signed by an authorized representative of the company who can “execute bids” per the list in the approved Prime Contractor’s Prequalification Application.
  • Electronic bidder's BidX Electronic Digital Signature must match current authorized signer who can “execute bids” per the list in the approved Prime Contractor’s Prequalification Application.
  • The Bid Section documents provided are properly used and do not contain unauthorized alterations.
  • The bid is correctly completed and contains no improper additions, deletions, alternate Bids, or conditions.
  • The bid is submitted on documents obtained directly from the ODOT Procurement Office – Construction or from the ODOT Electronic Bidding Information Distribution System (eBIDS), and is submitted by a bidder on the holder of bidding plans list.
  • The bid entries are typed or in ink, and signatures and initials are in ink.
  • Each change or correction is individually initialed.
  • White-out tape or white-out liquid is not used to correct item entries.
  • The price per unit is filled out.
  • The bid guaranty is sufficient and proper.
  • The original Bid Bond form is used and is not altered.
  • The bid reflects all issued addendums.
  • The bid contains price entries that are greater than zero.
  • The bid contains price entries with no more than two digits to the right of the decimal point.

NOTICE: Effective January 1, 2015, Oregon Department of Transportation Procurement Office Construction Contracts Unit will no longer print and sell paper or CD copies of plans and special provisions (blue books) for upcoming projects. View and print plans and special provisions from ODOT’s Electronic Bidding Information Distribution System (eBIDS). To get started view our eBIDS page.

TERO Requirements

TERO (Tribal Employment Rights Office) Requirements

For projects on or near the Umatilla Indian Reservation, contractor may need to be certified by the Tribal Employment Rights Office prior to bid opening.

Use these links to learn more:
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation home page
ODOT 2015 Boilerplate Special Provisions.  Scroll down to Indian Goal and Compliance Fee

The Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) requirements of the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde (CTGR) will be incorporated into selected Region 1 and Region 2 projects. The bid dates listed for the Region 1 and Region 2 CTGR projects are tentative bid dates, not project advertisements.
Use these links to learn more:
Region 1 CTGR projects - Updated 07/08/14
Region 2 CTGR projects - Updated 06/05/14
Please visit the CONSTRUCTION HOME PAGE for additional TERO information.  Look on the right side of the page for TERO, and hover over the titles to view the fly-out menus:
  • Lists of TERO certified contractors
  • TERO certification training schedules
  • TERO registration forms