Source: Electronic Privacy Information Center, June 2008
President Bush has signed Executive Order 12989 which gives the Department of Homeland Security authority to review employment eligibility for all federal employees and federal contractors. The decision to expand E-Verify comes after Congress rejected the President’s verification proposal and a federal court struck down the agency’s attempt to establish similar authority by regulation. EPIC testified in Congress in 2007 against the “Employment Eligibility Verification System.” Meanwhile, the Transportation Security Administration, a division of Homeland Security, will now require travelers to present identity documents or to be “cooperative.”
EPIC Spotlight on Surveillance: “National Employment Database Could Prevent Millions of Citizens From Obtaining Jobs” and EPIC Amicus in Gilmore v. Ashcroft.