Report: State agencies play "minimal role" in contractor compliance

Capital Land,David Sherfinski

Virginia state agencies play a minimal role compared to the federal government in making sure contractors comply with a 1986 law requiring employers to only hire workers authorized to work in the U.S., a state audit showed Monday.

Most state agencies make sure that contractors comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 using standard contractual terms, and take no additional action to monitor whether state contractors comply with the law, the report from the General Assembly's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission showed.

There is no defined mechanism for an agency to be informed of violating the law, but only one agency reported being informed of a potential violation of the law over the last five years, the report said.

This year, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring state contractors with an average of 50 employees for the previous 12 months and a contract worth more than $50,000 participate in the federal E-Verify program to check the immigration status of new hires starting on Dec. 1, 2013.

In March, Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered that executive branch agencies enroll in the program by June 1, rather than the original deadline of Dec. 1, 2012.

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