At the end of January, 2014 USCIS reported that more than 500,000 companies now use the E-Verify system, the federally run free online tool to confirm new employees’ eligibility to work. In Fiscal Year 2013, companies used E-Verify 25 million times, USCIS states. "Since it was established, E-Verify has experienced exponential growth, increased accuracy and high customer-satisfaction ratings," said Lori Scialabba, Acting Director, USCIS. "Participation in E-Verify is largely voluntary, so the fact that half a million companies have signed up demonstrates significant confidence in the program. Employers using E-Verify find it helps them maintain a legal workforce in a quick, secure and accurate way." E-Verify enables employers to get clarification about an employee’s work authorization status in just moments. It is common for nearly 99 percent of work-authorized employees to be automatically confirmed by the online tool either instantly or within 24 hours; no further action in these cases is required by the employer or employee.