The federal government has extended, for a fourth time, the effective date of the E-Verify requirement for federal government contractors. The regulation is now set to take effect on September 8, 2009. The effective date is being delayed to give the Obama administration additional time to review the regulation, which was originally scheduled to be implemented on January 15, 2009.

There is strong bipartisan support for electronic verification of new hires using federal systems, so employers not already using E-Verify should be prepared for its wide implementation in 2010.

For a history of the relevant regulation and its delays, see our alerts: E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule Delayed Until June 30; E-Verify Rule for Federal Contractors Suspended Until May 21, 2009; E-Verify Rule for Federal Contractors On Hold Until February 20, 2009; Federal Contractors Required to Use E-Verify Beginning in January 2009; and Federal Contractors to be Required to Use E-Verify.

For more on this topic, see U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) response to the USCIS Ombudsman on E-Verify, available here.