On Apr 30 2010

USCIS Issues Revised FAQ on Federal Contractors and E-Verify

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has issued a revised list of questions and answers on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) final rule on E-Verify.

The FAQ addresses what Federal contracts are impacted by FAR, what employees are impacted by FAR, information regarding the initiation of E-Verify inquiries, how the rule impacts subcontractors and more.

E-Verify is a free, Internet-based system operated by USCIS in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).  It allows employers to verify the employment authorization of newly hired employees.  Based on the information provided by the employee on his or her Form I-9, E-Verify checks this information electronically against records contained in USCIS and SSA databases.

On June 11, 2008, President George W. Bush amended Executive Order 12989 to direct all Federal departments and agencies to require Federal contractors with a Federal contract that contains the FAR E-Verify clause, to use E-Verify to verify the employment eligibility of employees performing work under a qualifying Federal contract.  On November 14, 2008, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council published the FAR final rule.