COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - South Carolina must officially seek the next contract for taxpayers' credit monitoring services next month to prevent a coverage lapse.
State Budget and Control Board director Marcia Adams says mid-July is the deadline for assuring a new contract is in place before the existing one-year, $12-million agreement with Experian expires.
That contract was signed just before the governor announced in October that a hacker stole personal data from millions of taxpayers' state income tax returns at the Department of Revenue.
Adams says 14 companies indicate they want the next, multi-year contract to monitor taxpayers' credit files for signs of identity theft or other suspicious activity.
She says a draft of the state's request for bids should be ready for the board's review July 1st.
Adams says the timing would allow for potential protests from companies that don't win the contract.