Executive Order 12989 Amendment
On June 11, 2008, President George W. Bush amended Executive Order 12989 to direct all executive departments and agencies to require contractors to electronically verify employment authorization of employees performing work under qualifying federal contracts. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated E-Verify as the electronic employment eligibility verification system that all federal contractors must use to comply with the amended Executive order 12989.
Employment Eligibility Verification, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
On November 14, 2008, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council published a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) final rule (FAR case 2007-013, Employment Eligibility Verification) that implements amended Executive Order 12989. FAR is a set of rules and regulations used to manage the way the federal government acquires supplies and services for appropriated funds.
The FAR final rule, known as the E-Verify federal contractor rule, directs federal agencies to require many federal contractors to use E-Verify to electronically verify the employment eligibility of certain employees.
The Federal Contractor Rule and E-Verify
The final rule became effective September 8, 2009 and requires certain federal contractors, through language inserted into their contract, to begin using E Verify to verify their new and existing employees.
For additional information see the E-Verify Supplemental Guide for Federal Contractors manual.