On September 30, 2008, President Bush signed into law appropriations legislation providing $100 million in funding to continue the E-Verify program. E-Verify is the federal government’s online verification system that leverages Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security databases to verify that a newly hired employee is authorized to work in the United States. The program was set to expire on November 30, 2008 (without further governmental action) but will now receive funding through September 30, 2009, even without formal congressional extension. Legislation to formally extend the E-Verify program is pending in Congress.