E-VERIFY REQUIRED FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTS
In 2008, the Federal Acquisition Regulation was amended to require enrollment in E-Verify by entities, including cities, that enter into federal contracts. E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows employers to verify the employment eligibility of their employees, regardless of citizenship. Based on the information provided by the employee, E-Verify electronically checks against records contained in the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration databases to determine an employee's status.
After May 21, 2009, any city that enters into a contract with the federal government must enroll in E-Verify if: (1) the contract is worth more than $100,000; and (2) the contract requires E-Verify as a term of the contract. If a city enters into such a contract after May 21, the city will have to use the E-Verify program only with respect to employees who are assigned to the federal contract. More information can be found at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Web site.