Core Provisions: This legislation would extend the federal government’s electronic employment verification pilot program, E-Verify, until September 30, 2014. E-Verify is an Internet-based tool that allows employers, on a voluntary basis, to check the employment status of new hires and verify their Social Security number, protecting against undocumented labor and identification theft.Under this bill, the Social Security Administration’s costs in administering the program are reimbursed by the Department of Homeland Security. Participation in the program remains voluntary under the bill. The legislation also authorizes two studies by the General Accountability Office: examining the program’s effect on small businesses and on erroneous “no-matches”.
Status: H.R. 2679 was introduced by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) on June 3, 2009 and referred to the Committees on the Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ways and Means. A similar bill passed the House in the 110th Congress by a vote of 407-2, but did not make it out of committee in the Senate.