Blackstone Technology Group Project Wins 2012 Excellence Gov Award, Excellence in Enhancing the Customer Experience

Arlington, VA – March 21, 2012 – Blackstone Technology Group (Blackstone) is pleased to announce the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) E-Verify Self Check project was awarded the American Council for Technology (ACT) – Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Excellence in Enhancing the Customer Experience, which Blackstone has supported since March 2010 With this award, ACT-IAC recognizes the “the finest in IT innovation” as a result of “collaboration between government and industry”.

Blackstone, on behalf of the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Enterprise System Development Office (ESDO) and USCIS, led the development and delivery of this robust new service. The Blackstone team architected the Identity Proofing solution, interfaces to existing USCIS systems and provided thought leadership around the use of Cloud services to host the solution. By leveraging Cloud services, DHS and the Blackstone team were not only able to quickly develop the solution using agile methodologies, but also deliver a highly scalable solution that could be expanded to meet the demands of an online service available to the general public. Furthermore, the incorporation of Identity Proofing not only inhibits fraud and identity theft, but also sets the groundwork to enable the Federal Government to leverage this functionality as a re-usable service for future system delivery.

E-Verify Self Check is an innovative service that provides individuals the ability to go online and check their employment eligibility status. Self Check was developed in response to a request by Congress to create a service through which U.S. workers could check their own employment eligibility status outside of the employer focused E-Verify process. This voluntary, free program facilitates the comparison of user-provided Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) information with data in Federal Government databases to verify a user’s employment eligibility. In addition, Self Check incorporates an Identify Proofing solution that validates a user’s identity using dynamic Knowledge Based Authentication based on a variety of public and private data sources.

Previously, this service was only available to U.S. employers, which caused a disconnect in informing U.S. workers of their employment eligibility and consequently in allowing them to perform redress if E-Verify provided a ‘Tentative Non-Confirmation’ (TNC) response to a U.S. worker’s employment eligibility query. Allowing the U.S. workforce to proactively determine their employment eligibility by comparing their information with that in federal government databases will facilitate the clearing up of data inaccuracies. These data inaccuracies can result from anything from typographical errors to unreported name changes and can cause a TNC when an employer checks a new worker’s employment eligibility in E-Verify.

Blackstone’s Federal Government Practice is committed to solving the business and technical challenges of government agencies as they strive to modernize IT systems, transform operations, and deliver accessible, reliable access to the public citizen and mission services. Our project experience ranges from complex IT system modernization efforts and the delivery of enterprise-wide information-sharing solutions to process improvement solutions that both enable streamline business operations and to deliver measureable results. We maintain a long and distinguished reputation of superior execution for highly visible government and leading industry enterprises. To learn more about Blackstone’s Federal Practice, visit http://us.bstonetech.com/industries/federal-government/.