Improvements to E-Verify are still needed, but the businesses we surveyed that use the system are generally satisfied with it.Recommendations:
Summary of Agency Response
In a letter dated May 29, 2009, Minnesota Commissioner of Administration Sheila Reger said the report reflects a thorough examination of E-Verify. She wrote, “the Department of Administration has implemented the Governor’s executive order fully and as intended with respect to state contract vendors…” and “remains committed to follow-up on any reported instances of noncompliance.”
In a letter dated June 1, 2009, Minnesota Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development Dan McElroy said the report accurately reflects the department’s implementation of the executive order. He added that “the department will follow up if allegations of violations are reported” but also wrote, “the department is not responsible for independently verifying that businesses are complying with federal employment laws.” He said more steps should be taken to inform employers about E-Verify and wrote, “DEED will work with the [Minnesota] Department of Administration and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to identify ways to improve the awareness and availability of the federally-provided information and resources to Minnesota employers.”
In a letter dated June 1, 2009, Minnesota Commissioner of Management and Budget Tom Hanson acknowledged that the department has not yet implemented the Governor’s executive order as it pertains to state government agencies. He added that the department “expects to commence rollout of E-Verify to agencies over the coming summer months.”
The Program Evaluation Division was directed to conduct this study by the Legislative Audit Commission in March 2008. For a copy of the full report, entitled "E-Verify," 41 pp., published in June 2009, please call 651/296-4708, e-mail Legislative.Auditor@state.mn.us, write to Office of the Legislative Auditor, Room 140, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155, or go to the web page featuring the report. Staff who worked on this project were Deborah Parker Junod (evaluation manager), David Kirchner, and Sarah Roberts.