08.01.2009 August Immigration Update: Napolitano at DHS Targets over 650 Employers; Supports Mandatory E-Verify for Federal Contractors.
08. 2009E-Verify News
Administration Throws Weight Behind E-Verify. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on July 8 that she will support strengthened employment eligibility verification. She said that the Administration will issue a regulation that will award federal contracts only to employers who use E-Verify to check employee work authorization. The declaration came as Secretary Napolitano also announced the Department’s intention to rescind the Social Security No-Match Rule, which had never been implemented and was been blocked by court order, in favor of the more modern and effective E-Verify system. At a July 23 hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement, witnesses testified that E-Verify can handle increased usage that would result from the mandate requiring participation by federal contractors, but there are still parts of the program that should be improved.
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