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Federal contractors to use E-Verify beginning June 30

Businesses that have federal contracts will need to start using E-Verify, an Internet-based system of employment Business cardeligibility of newly hired employees, beginning June 30. The program had been delayed from a January 15 implementation.

The requirement to use E-Verify will only affect federal contractors who are awarded a new contract after June 30, 2009, that includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause (73 FR 67704). Federal contractors may not use E-Verify to verify current employees until the rule becomes effective and they are awarded a contract that includes the FAR E-Verify Clause. 

The new rule implements Executive Order 12989, as amended by President George W. Bush on June 6, 2008, directing federal agencies to require that federal contractors agree to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their employees. The amended Executive Order reinforces the policy, first announced in 1996, that the federal government does business with companies that have a legal workforce. This new rule requires federal contractors to agree, through language inserted into their federal contracts, to use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all persons hired during a contract term, and to confirm the employment eligibility of federal contractors’ current employees who perform contract services for the federal government within the United States.

E-Verify is available to all employers as a free and voluntary service to determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

For instructions on using E-Verify, go to www.uscis.gov.

Source: U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, www.uscis.gov


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