The Corner

I Think They Hope We’ll Just Forget About It

The administration has delayed, yet again, the implementation of the rule that would require most federal contractors to use the E-Verify system when hiring to screen out illegal aliens. Here’s the announcement:

Applicability Date for E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule Extended

WASHINGTON—The applicability date of the final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to begin using U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) E-Verify system has been pushed back by six weeks to June 30, 2009.

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (collectively known as the Federal Acquisitions Regulatory Councils) will publish an amendment in the Federal Register tomorrow postponing the applicability of the final rule until June 30, 2009. The rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to agree to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their employees was first published on Nov. 14, 2008, and went into effect on Jan 19, 2009.

The extension provides the Administration an adequate opportunity to review the entire rule prior to its applicability to federal contractors and subcontractors.

“An adequate opportunity to review the entire rule”? That sounds like bureaucrat-ese for “We’re looking for a way to kill this thing without anyone noticing.”

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