According to a report from Workforce Management, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a homeland security funding bill that would extend E-Verify, the government-run electronic employment verification system, for three years.

The provision to extend E-Verify for three years was included in a $42.8 billion appropriations measure the House approved that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for the next fiscal year. The bill, which is expected to be approved by the Senate, allocates $137 million to improve E-Verify’s accuracy and compliance rates and $135 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hire special agents for workplace immigration audits.

E-Verify, which checks employee information from I-9 forms against Social Security and homeland security databases, is used voluntarily by more than 148,000 employers. The Obama administration has made E-Verify the centerpiece of its efforts to increase work-site enforcement. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), E-Verify confirms nearly 97 percent of employment queries within 24 hours. The homeland security agency increased the reach of E-Verify in September by implementing a regulation that would make the system mandatory for federal contractors.

A designated E-Verify service agent, I-9Compliance.com — a member of the Pre-Employ.com Family of Companies — is pre-integrated with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) E-Verify system and provides employers with a paperless, web-based I-9/E-Verify solution. To view a complimentary webinar titled “E-Verify & Federal Contractors: Know The Facts” currently available for on-demand viewing, visit http://www.i-9compliance.com/Webinars. To learn more about I-9Compliance.com, visit www.i-9compliance.com, email info@i-9compliance.com, or call 1-800-300-1821.

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