“We encourage anyone who receives a letter to take advantage of this free service,” the pension system said.
PSRS/PEERS also has a dedicated telephone number with individuals trained to address questions about the incident. The phone number is 888-391-6964.
It is unclear whether DESE has made credit monitoring available to the more than 100,000 teachers affected by the security flaw.
DESE spokeswoman Mallory McGowin last week pointed members of the media to a press release and Parson’s press conference when asked if it would be offered. Neither of those specifically mentioned free credit monitoring as a possibility.
“That is the extent of the comment I can provide for now due to the ongoing investigation,” McGowin said.
In a letter sent Friday, Sen. Doug Beck, D-Affton, called on Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven to notify him of what steps the department is taking to protect teachers from identity theft.
“When similar breaches occur in the private sector, the Federal Trade Commission recommends ‘offering at least a year of free credit monitoring or other support … particularly if financial information or Social Security numbers were exposed,’” he wrote.