SC approves bidding for taxpayer credit monitoring

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Budget and Control Board has given its permission for the state to seek out a contract to continue credit monitoring for taxpayers whose personal data was stolen in a hacking incident last year.

The board met for less than three minutes Tuesday and unanimously agreed to put out a proposal for bids for the contract. The company that wins the contract will provide credit monitoring services after the 1-year, $12 million no-bid deal signed with Experian expires in October.

About 1.4 million people signed up for the monitoring. About 6.4 million taxpayers and businesses had their data like Social Security and bank account numbers stolen in the hacking of computers at the Department of Revenue.

The General Assembly set aside $10 million for the new deal.

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