DHS inks temporary myE-Verify contract

Screen capture of the E-Verify web page.

The Department of Homeland Security tapped a subsidiary of Verizon to provide temporary support for its myE-Verify worker self-check application system.

The six-month contract for the service with MCI Communication Services will allow U.S. workers to check their work authorization status ahead of getting a job. The award has two three-month options to continue the service.

Overseen by Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Internet-based E-Verify system checks information from employees' I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Forms against U.S. government immigration records to determine employment eligibility. The myE-Verify application will allow workers to check the biographic information included on their own I-9s to see whether the E-Verify system would confirm their eligibility.

In early October, CIS officials said they were contemplating moving data processing for myE-Verify to the cloud. The agency issued a request for information looking for ideas from commercial cloud providers to conduct back-office data checks while CIS maintained the public-facing Web presence.

According to the DHS contract posted in FedBizOpps on Nov. 6, the contract with MCI Communications, which does business as Verizon Business Networks, will provide continuity of service for CIS with minimal disruption while the requirement is re-competed. The application, it said, harnesses Verizon's Universal Identity Service.

DHS said the contract requires the company to create and deliver a production-ready self-check application, including design and integration. MCI, according to the document, must also provide hosted and managed user account services support, including a 24/7 help desk.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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