Release Date: June 9, 2008
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
The Department of Homeland Security
today designated E-Verify, operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services in partnership with the Social Security Administration, as the
electronic employment eligibility verification system that all federal
contractors must use as required by Executive Order 12989, as amended. E-Verify
is a free Internet-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the
legal status of new hires within seconds.
"A large part of our success in
enforcing the nation's immigration laws hinges on equipping employers with the
tools to determine quickly and effectively if a worker is legal or
illegal," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
"E-Verify is a proven tool that helps employers immediately verify the
legal working status for all new hires."
President George W. Bush has amended
Executive Order 12989 in order to direct all federal departments and agencies
to require contractors, as a condition of each future federal contract, to
agree to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system –
designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security – to verify the employment
eligibility of all persons hired during the contract term and all persons
performing work within the United States on the federal contract.
In response to this Executive Order,
Secretary Michael Chertoff today designated E-Verify as the system of choice to
ensure that the federal government only does business with companies that agree
to verify the legality of their new hires and further, that the specific
employees tapped to perform contract services in the United States for the
federal government are authorized to work in this country. Federal departments
and agencies within the executive branch are already enrolling with E-Verify to
check the status of all new hires within the federal workforce. Agencies
responsible for federal acquisition regulations (FAR) will send a Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to the Federal Register today soliciting public
comment on proposed changes to these regulations. Comments will be accepted for
More than 69,000 employers currently
rely on E-Verify to determine that their new hires are authorized to work in
the United States. Employers have run more than 4 million employment verification
queries so far in fiscal year 2008. Of those queries, 99.5 percent of qualified
employees are cleared automatically by E-Verify.
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