Second state agency failed to use E-Verify

Georgia auditors have identified a second state agency that failed to use a federal system to ensure its new employees are eligible to work in the United States.

The now defunct State Personnel Administration — which set employment policies and procedures for state government agencies – did not use the E-Verify work authorization system to check the employment eligibility for three of its employees, according to a November report by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts.

The administration was absorbed into the Georgia Department of Administrative Services last year. Joe Kim, general counsel for the Administrative Services Department, said the issue is moot because his agency uses E-Verify.

A state law aimed at blocking state and local government agencies from hiring illegal immigrants took effect in July 2007. It requires government agencies to use E-Verify, a free online employment eligibility program.

The Georgia Agriculture Department confirmed last month that it started using E-Verify after state auditors reported the agency had previously failed to do so.

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