NCFC Requests Delay in Sweeping “E-verify” Rule Proposal

This week, NCFC requested that the Bush Administration delay, by 90 days, the August 11th deadline for interested parties to comment on proposed Federal Acquisition Regulations that would require the use of the “E-verify” system for certain contractors and subcontractors to the federal government. E-verify is the program established by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to help provide employers with a way of determining employment eligibility for new hires.

Significant issues remain unclear with the rule in its current form. These include: the applied definition of the contractor and subcontractor relationship, the relationship between a farmer cooperative and its members for purposes of this rule, the applicability of this rule across the spectrum of federal programs that farmer cooperatives contribute to, and numerous other questions.

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