Job Resources: Federal Bonding Program

A research study published by a university in Texas surveyed employer attitudes toward hiring ex-offenders. Only 12% said that they were willing to hire these applicants. However, 51% said that they would hire ex-offenders if they were bonded.

What the Federal Bonding Program Is:

It is a federal tool, to help a job applicant obtain employment and keep it. The U.S. Department of Labor established.  The Federal Bonding Program in 1966 to provide Fidelity Bonds for “at-risk,” hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment at no cost to the job applicant or the employer.

What a Fidelity Bond Is:

Fidelity Bond, through the federal bonding program, is a business insurance policy that will protect the employer from theft or property damage from a dishonest employee. It is a “guarantee,” that the new employee will be an honest worker. The Fidelity Bonds issued under the Federal Bonding Program are insurance policies.

What The Bond Insurance Covers:

The bond insures the employer, in case of embezzlement, larceny, forgery, or theft. It does not cover job injuries, or poor workmanship.

This Bond May Help You Get Employed:

If you are an ex-offender (Felony, Misdemeanor), or you have a high risk factor, in your background, this bond is given freely, to the employer, as an incentive to hire you. The employer can then hire you, and utilize your skills, without taking a risk of you being dishonest while working there.

How to Get Federally Bonded:

You must receive a job offer first, and the employer has to have a date for you to start working for them. Individuals seeking FBP bonds should contact their local state bonding coordinator. Please visit bondsforjobs to register and create your own password. Once registered you will be able to purchase bonds and request bonds to be issued via the site.

Bond Coverage Amount:

The bond covers$ 5,000 for the first 6 months of employment, with no cost to you, or the employer and no deductible. Employers can apply for larger bond amounts, if necessary.

Get More Information On Federal Bonding:

  • Job Seekers call: 1-877-US2-JOBS (1.877.872.5627)
  • Employers Call: 1 -800-233-2258 ex.246
  • Visit for the location of the workforce office/one-stop center nearest to your home.

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