E-Verifty: Accounts Payable Guidelines


Accounts Payable


E-Verify: Employee Verification Procedure


Megan Moran

Guideline Recommendations

The E-Verify policy states that any subcontractors/contractors who are paid on a covered contract and meet the requirements (see Guidance on FAR 52.222-54: E-Verify Optional Clause), must register with E-Verify. This document provides E-Verify guidance within the Accounts Payable module. The Research Foundation (RF) operating locations should follow these guidelines to ensure compliance with the Employment Eligibility Policy.

It is the responsibility of the RF to assure that all subcontractors, independent contractors or other entities that provide services or construction are registered. When a subcontractor/contractor has registered with E-Verify, it is the campus responsibility to ensure that the E-Verify Company ID Number is on the supplier file and a copy of the Maintain Company page is attached to the header of the supplier record (see Attachments in Supplier File Module). The E-Verify rule applies only to payments for services or construction. Purchase orders must be used when paying subcontractors/contractors on an award that is subject to the Employment Eligibility Policy.

The following warning message will occur in the AP Invoice form - "This supplier's E-Verify information is not on file. Please ensure the supplier is registered and the Company ID Number is recorded in the supplier file if appropriate." This warning will occur if all the following conditions are met:

Examples when E-verification will not be required:

Example 1 - A contractor is hired under a covered contract and is performing construction services for a total fee of $4,000. The worked performed is for only two weeks. In this case, E-Verify would not be required because it is less than 30 days.

Example 2 - Computers are purchased for $10,000 from Company A. The same company is installing the computers for an additional $4,000. In this case, E-Verify would not be required because the contract is for commercially available off the shelf items and related services.


The following table outlines the responsibilities for compliance with this guideline:

Responsible Party


Accounts Payable staff

Comply with these guidelines.




E-Verify - E-Verify is a web-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee's Form I-9, to verify employment eligibility. The E-Verify system is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Company ID Number - A numeric only id number that verifies a company has enrolled in the Employment Eligibility Verification (E-Verify) system. This number is found on the Maintain Company page in E-Verify which is provided to the RF by covered subcontractors.

Commercially available off the shelf (COTS)- Items commonly sold in a commercial marketplace, unmodified, and typically offered for sale to and used by the general public.
Note: Such commercially available items are based on established catalogue or market prices. The services provided to support the COTS are narrowly defined to those services directly offered by the supplier to install, service or repair the item. Services or items that are considered "custom" are not COTS exempt.

Related Information

Employment Eligibility Policy
E-Verify:Employee Verification Procedure
E-Verify (Homeland Security)

Change History


Summary of Change

December 8, 2016

Updated links and revised document to comply with the guideline template.

April 22, 2010

New Document



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