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The Federal Bonding Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Bonding program offers a proven and effective tool for workforce development professionals to help both employers and at-risk job applicants at no cost.  

Many employers carry insurance to protect themselves against employee theft or dishonesty.  Employees who handle money, valuable tools or goods are covered.  This insurance is called fidelity bonding.  When such commercial insurance is denied because of an individual’s background, the employer often denies a job to that person.

The Federal Bonding Program provides individual fidelity bonds to employers for job applicants who are deemed unbondable by commercial carriers because of a:
– Record of arrest, conviction, or imprisonment
– History of alcohol or drug abuse
– Poor credit history
– Lack of employment history
– Dishonorable discharge

Fidelity bonding may be provided for any individual who:
– Has a firm job offer and is qualified for the job
– And if the job:
– Offers steady work with reasonable expectation of permanence
– Is not self-employment.

The Bond does not cover liability due to poor workmanship, job injuries or work accidents.  It is not a bail bond or court bond for the legal system.  It is not a contract bond, performance bond or license bond sometimes needed to be self-employed.

• Bonds are issued in the amount of $5,000 (or higher) and are available at no cost to employers or job seekers.  The applicant is covered for the first six months of employment, but the employer may then purchase additional coverage.  


Employers and job seekers can get additional information on how to participate in this program by contacting:


Pam Hoskins, pam.hoskins@oesc.state.ok.us  (405) 557-5474; 

 Kristen Lee, kristen.lee@oesc.state.ok.us 405-557-7112


Additional information:

The Federal Bonding Program

OESC Federal Bonding informational flyer (Revised 9/25/2015)