The new E-Verify requirements set forth at FAR 52.222-54, obligating certain federal contractors to verify the immigration status of new hires and employees performing work on affected federal contracts, is set to become effective on September 8, 2009. Existing IDIQ contracts and new federal contracts meeting the description at FAR 22.1803 will begin incorporating the requirements after the effective date. The E-Verify requirements include a broad flowdown provision to subcontractors and suppliers performing under affected contracts. The new requirements, initiated by the Bush administration, had been delayed several times, due primarily to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Maryland, Case No. AW-08-3444. On August 26, 2009, Judge Alexander Williams, Jr., granted the government’s motion for summary judgment, validating the authority underpinning the new requirements. Affected contractors should begin to immediately familiarize themselves with the E-Verify program, and review their standard subcontract and supplier forms to incorporate the new E-Verify requirements.