Federal Contractors Required to Use E-Verify to Confirm Work Authorization Beginning September 9 2009

by Carol Mason, Contributor

Beginning tomorrow, Sept. 9, 2009, employers who are awarded a federal contract or subcontract are required to use the E-Verify system to verify their workers’ employment eligibility.Federal contracts issued after Sept. 8 will include a clause requiring use of E-Verify, including contracts issued to companies who receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.Companies subject to the E-Verify clause will have 30 days after the contract award date to enroll in E-Verify, and must use the system to confirm that all new hires and existing employees employed on federal contracts are authorized for employment in the US.


E-Verify is a free, web-based system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.The system’s goal is to insure compliance with federal immigration law and to help employers avoid hiring those not authorized to work in the US.E-Verify compares information from Form I-9 with information stored on government databases to verify a worker’s employment eligibility. Click on the memo below from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for  details.