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DHS Designates E-Verify as Employment Eligibility Verification System for All Federal Contractors


Release Date: June 9, 2008


For Immediate Release

Office of the Press Secretary

Contact: 202-282-8010

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

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

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 60 days.

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.

To view the Executive Order, please visit