Report Summary
Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General

January 2010

The Social Security Administration’s Implementation of the E-Verify Program for New Hires


To assess the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) use of the E-Verify program for new hires.


E-Verify is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program that allows participating employers to determine whether newly hired employees are authorized to work in the United States under immigration law.  SSA supports DHS in the operation and administration of this program. 

In August 2007, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandated that all Federal agencies and departments begin verifying their new hires through E-Verify starting no later than October 1, 2007.  To comply with the OMB requirement, SSA registered to use E-Verify beginning in September 2007.  As of April 2009, SSA had 172 registered users located in SSA Headquarters and its 10 regional offices.

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Our Findings

SSA did not always use the E-Verify program as intended.  Specifically, we found that, of the 9,311 new employees hired in Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009, E-Verify (i) was not used to confirm the employment eligibility of 1,767 (19 percent) and (ii) was used to confirm the employment eligibility of 7,544 (81 percent).  In addition, we found that SSA had erroneously verified the employment eligibility of (i) 26 existing employees because they had applied for new positions in the Agency, (ii) 31 volunteers who were not Federal employees and (iii) at least 18 external candidates who had applied for jobs at SSA but were not hired.  Finally, while SSA verified the employment eligibility of 7,544 new hires, we found that about 3,658 (49 percent) did not appear to be verified timely.


• Ensure the 1,713 new hires discussed in the report are verified through the E-Verify program to confirm their employment eligibility and ensure that SSA has complied with the E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

SSA agreed with the recommendations.