73 Fed. Reg. 67651 (November 14, 2008)

On November 14, 2008, the Department of Defense (DoD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), published a final rule that amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require certain contractors and subcontractors to use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) E-Verify system to verify that certain of their employees are eligible to work in the United States.

Under the final rule, institutions of higher education that qualify as federal contractors can choose to limit the E-Verify verification to only employees (existing or new hires) assigned to the federal contract in question. This exemption also applies to "a State or local government or the government of a Federally recognized Indian tribe; or a surety performing under a takeover agreement entered into with a Federal agency pursuant to a performance bond." The proposed rule published on June 12, 2008 did not contain such an exemption. Federal contractors not eligible for the exemption must use E-Verify to verify all current employees working on a federal contractor as well as all new hires regardless of whether they are working on a federal contract. Other exemptions exist for certain types of contracts.

This rule is effective on September 8, 2009. It was originally scheduled to go into effect on January 15, 2009, but was delayed due to litigation.