Incoming Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Janet Napolitano, today announced that federal contractors will not be required to use the E-Verify program – DHS’ electronic immigration compliance system – until (at least) May 21, 2009.
Looking at its procurement “to do” list, one of the more pressing priorities of the Obama Administration (especially the new director of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy) will be the recruitment and development of a skilled contracting workforce.
In an apparent reaction to a lawsuit challenging the legality of the new E-Verify regulation, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has postponed by more than a month the requirement that federal contractors and subcontractors use the E-Verify system to confirm employment eligibility of certain employees. See the USCIS statement here.