The applicability date of the final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to begin using USCIS’ E-Verify system has been pushed back again, to September 2009.  

E-Verify is an Internet-based system, operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration, that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.  

This new rule requires federal contractors to agree, through language inserted into their federal contracts, to use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all persons hired during a contract term, and to confirm the employment eligibility of federal contractors’ current employees who perform contract services for the federal government within the United States.  

Federal contractors may not use E-Verify to verify current employees until the rule becomes effective and the contractor is awarded a contract that includes the E-Verify clause.