E-verify: This time it's for real

Use of system mandatory for all government contractors

After multiple delays and the failure of a last-minute reprieve, the electronic system for contractors to verify the legal status of their employees is now open for business and a requirement for working with the government.

Known as E-verify, the system is a holdover from the Bush administration that the Obama administration has delayed four times as it reviewed the requirement.

Once the government decided to move forward, the business community led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed suit which was dismissed late last month.

The courts also decided against delaying the start of the program pending appeal.

In essence, E-verify requires contractors to enroll and use the system for all new hires and for current employees working on federal contracts within the United States.

The Homeland Security Department, which administers the program, has issued a set of FAQs for companies enrolling in the system.


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Reader Comments

Fri, Sep 11, 2009 Carter NC

Jon...then they get with the SSN administration and work to fix it. Of course this may take a while but that is the way it goes. I wonder what percentage of errors there is? Is this employee just one on thousands? Then it is their unlucky day. We have all had those.

Wed, Sep 9, 2009 Jon Radcliff, KY

Once again the government is placing its confidence in the reliability of the computer. This flies in the face of reality. I called my Congressionl Representative in regard to this and was met with a response of "HUH?? I'll pass that on". My basic question about the system is what happens when a government contrator who is in the system, brings in an employee who is in the system but the computer rejects the employee anyway? This is not a hypothetical, it has happened already.

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