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New Rule Requiring Federal Subcontractors To Use E-Verify Put On Hold

Friday, January 9, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

The effective date for a new Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Secretariat rule that requires federal subcontractors of any tier to use the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system to check employees’ work authorization has been suspended until February 20, 2009.  The rule was scheduled to go into effect January 15.  Any solicitations that occur prior to February 20 will not contain the clauses this rule imposes.


An announcement of this suspension is expected to appear in the Federal Register early next week.  In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it will soon be filing a Motion for Summary Judgment in its lawsuit challenging the rule in the U.S. District Court.


AMI has voiced its opposition to this rule and last year submitted comments to the FAR Secretariat urging reconsideration.

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