SOURCE: i9 Advantage

June 11, 2008 12:22 ET

President Bush Signs Order Mandating E-Verify for Federal Contractors

DUBLIN, OH--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - Starting June 6th 2008, all federal contractors are required to use an electronic employment verification (EEV) system, the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify Program, to verify their employees employment eligibility at the time of hire.

"Basically, the President is extending the E-Verify responsibility, already required of federal agencies, to include federal contractors," said José Latour, Compliance Counsel for i9 Advantage LLC. "The order makes E-Verify immediately mandatory for anyone wanting to sign or renew a federal contract."

This mandate, Executive Order 12989, amended by President Bush, has been in the works for some time causing everything from alarm to confusion amongst federal contractors.

"The mandate is a positive change, but not necessarily an easy one to make," said Patty Anderson, director of HR at Blue Chip Manufacturing & Sales, a Federal Contractor located in Columbus, Ohio. "We want to hire the best workforce possible, and it's tough enough to find the most qualified people and verify their documents with E-Verify alone. EEV services like i9 Advantage can only help in our efforts to avoid fraudulent documentation and manage our I-9 Forms. If you do it the right way from day one you simply won't have issues with the changes."

However, most federal contractors are unaware of the mandate. Blue Chip Manufacturing never received an announcement regarding the Order; Ms. Anderson learned of the mandate through the Web. The absence of a notification plan has left federal contractors in the dark.

Given the abruptness of the Order, federal contactors are seeking a provider who not only helps them comply with the E-Verify mandate, but also ensures they stay abreast of any future Orders or legislative changes.

About i9 Advantage LLC:

Located in Dublin, Ohio, i9 Advantage LLC operates an online service to assist employers to comply with federal law through Electronic Employment Verification (EEV) and Form I-9 compliance.

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