The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report detailing the need for a new component in the federal program for employee eligibility E-Verify to combat high instances of fraud.
The report specifies that the E-Verify program is vulnerable to employer fraud to help ineligible employees be passed off as legal citizens as well as identity fraud wherein an illegal citizen uses false documents to pass himself off as legal.
The GAO’s primary recommendation for curbing the fraud in the E-Verify system doesn’t include the introduction of biometrics despite being recommended by the Security Industry Association. However, the GAO does acknowledge the benefit of a biometrics providing a verifiable link between documents and identity.
Additionally, SIA is pushing biometrics as a way to increase privacy with the program on top of curbing fraud.