On November 15, 2008, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council issued a final rule to require federal contractors and subcontractors to use the U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS), or "E-Verify," system as a means of verifying that their employees are eligible to work in the United States. While the final rule originally applied to solicitations issued and contracts awarded after January 15, 2009, a legal challenge to the rule has led to the government agreeing to suspend applicability of the rule until February 20, 2009. Solicitations that occur prior to February 20, 2009 would not contain the contract clauses that the rule would impose. For more information, contact Marco Giamberardino at (703) 837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.