Breaking News: E-Verify Delayed Again – Obama to Review

Jason Morris

This just in from NAPBS Lobbyist Montserrat Miller, of Counsel – Greenberg Traurig LLP.

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According to Montserrat: Earlier this month, the litigants in the court challenge to the FAR Council’s regulations, mandating a modified version of the E-Verify/Basic Pilot program, reached an accord in which the government agreed to suspend applicability of the rule until February 20, 2009. Today, the litigants agreed to extend the applicability date to May 21, 2009, and asked  the court to stay the proceedings to allow President Barrack Obama’s Administration an opportunity to review the rule.

On January 20, 2009, Rahm Emanuel, President Barrack Obama’s Chief of Staff, issued a memorandum to the heads of all executive departments and agencies governing issuance and possible suspension of regulations. The memorandum stated that agencies should “[c]onsider extending for 60 days the effective date of regulations that have been published in the Federal Register but not yet taken effect.”

Under the new applicability date, which is expected to appear in Friday’s Federal Register, any solicitations that occur prior to May 21, 2009, would not contain the contract clauses that the rule would impose. As previously reported, the rule mandates on most federal contractors and subcontractors a modified version of the E-Verify/Basic Pilot program—requiring reverification of the workforce and creating vicarious liability for subcontractors.

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A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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