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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-29; Small Entity Compliance Guide

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Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


Small Entity Compliance Guide.


This document is issued under the joint authority of the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the Start Printed Page 67706rule appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-29 which amends the FAR. An asterisk (*) next to a rule indicates that a regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared. Interested parties may obtain further information regarding this rule by referring to FAC 2005-29 which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at

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Laurieann Duarte, Regulatory Secretariat, (202) 501-4225. For clarification of content, contact the analyst whose name appears in the table below.

Rule Listed in FAC 2005-29

ItemSubjectFAR caseAnalyst
* IEmployment Eligibility Verification2007-013Murphy.
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A summary of the FAR rule follows. For the actual revisions and/or amendments to this FAR case, refer to FAR Case 2007-013.

FAC 2005-29 amends the FAR as specified below:

Item I—Employment Eligibility Verification (FAR Case 2007-013)

This final rule implements Executive Order 12989, as amended June 6, 2008, and the selection of the Secretary for Homeland Security of the E-Verify system as the electronic system to be used for certain contractors and subcontractors as the means of verifying that certain of their employees are eligible to work in the United States. This final rule inserts a clause into Federal contracts that are above the simplified acquisition threshold and have a performance period of at least 120 days, committing Government contractors to use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' E-Verify system to verify that all of the contractors' new hires, and all employees (existing and new) directly performing work under Federal contracts, are authorized to work in the United States.

Exemptions include contracts that are for commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) items and items that would be COTS items but for minor modifications. The final rule requires prime contractors to include the clause in subcontracts over $3,000 for services or for construction.

In exceptional circumstances, a head of the contracting activity, without power of redelegation, is authorized to waive the requirement to include the clause.

In response to public comments, the final rule significantly extends the timelines for registering, beginning to use the system for new and existing employees, and using the program to initiate verification of new hires.

Applicability to certain entities was limited in the following ways:

  • Institutions of higher education need only verify employees assigned to a covered Federal contract.
  • State and local governments and Federally Recognized Indian Tribes need only verify employees assigned to a covered Federal contract.
  • Sureties performing under a takeover agreement entered into with a Federal agency pursuant to a performance bond need only verify employees assigned to the covered Federal contract.

In addition, the final rule exempts from verification requirements (a) employees who hold an active security clearance of confidential, secret, or top secret and (b) employees for whom background investigations have been completed and credentials issued pursuant to Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-12. Contractors concerned with costs associated with identifying and separating existing employees assigned to a Federal contract, for the purpose of E-Verify, are provided the option of verifying all employees of the contractor, including any existing employees not currently assigned to a Government contract.

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Dated: November 6, 2008.

Al Matera,

Director, Office of Acquisition Policy.

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[FR Doc. E8-26905 Filed 11-13-08; 8:45 am]