Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The state's Budget and Control Board approved an amended request for proposals Friday that would give those effected by the hack at the revenue department a 2nd year of free credit monitoring.
"I feel very comfortable with this," said Governor Nikki Haley after the amendments were approved. "A lot of this is when industries change, I would rather us do this right and make sure we're protecting consumers as much as possible than to short step this to try and make it work."
The updated request does change what services will be provided to victims of the hack. For example, the original request requires "monitoring of all three credit agencies" while the new one only requires "monitoring of at least one of three."
"They are seeing huge drops in bank and credit card fraud, which is great, but they're seeing huge increases in government and benefit and in tax," Haley said.
Haley said the board knew they had to make amendments after they asked for the first round of bids in July. Three companies bid the first request, but Haley said they didn't match the needs of the state.
"I think we asked for something and they've advanced and they're now offering other things," Haley said.
Companies have until October 3rd to submit proposals under the new request.
The new request requires companies to have a 24 hour call center for consumers and at least a million dollars of insurance should an identity be compromised.
"This is just going out and asking for the bids so we're not in the money process yet," Haley said.
The General Assembly has allocated $10 million to pay for the second year of monitoring service, which Haley says will be serving South Carolinians by late October.