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Federal Bonding Program


New York State proudly supports the Federal Bonding Program, a U.S. Department of Labor initiative since 1966.

The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) was created as a hiring incentive for job seekers with employment challenges. The FBP provides six months of no-cost fidelity bonding coverage to businesses that hire eligible job seekers facing multiple barriers to employment. The benefits of the FBP are promoted to businesses and job seekers at all New York State Career Centers.

For more information about the FBP, contact Central Office bonding staff at [email protected], or any of the New York State Local Bonding Coordinators listed in the section below.

Visit the United States Department of Labor Federal Bonding Program website.


The Federal Bonding Program

FBP Documents

The documents below will provide more information on the program targeted towards specific audiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the New York State Federal Bonding Program?

It is a hiring incentive established to assist “high risk” job applicants obtain employment. The program issues Fidelity Bonds to businesses that hire eligible job seekers. The program is federally sponsored by the United States Department of Labor.

What is a Fidelity Bond?

A fidelity bond is insurance purchased to indemnify a business from the loss of money or property (products or equipment) in the workplace due to employee dishonesty. This type of bond will cover losses from theft, embezzlement, larceny and forgery. The fidelity bonds issued under the FBP are from Union Insurance Group (Chicago, Illinois). The actual bonds purchased by NYSDOL are written by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

How does the Fidelity Bond assist on an eligible job seeker with finding employment?

The fidelity bond is issued to the business, at no cost, for six months. The bond serves as an incentive for hiring an applicant who may be facing barriers to employment. Barriers can include things such as: a poor credit history, minimal work experience, a dishonorable military discharge, or a felony or misdemeanor conviction. Businesses can hire the employees they need without taking on the potential risk of worker dishonesty

What exactly does the bond insurance cover?

It insures businesses for any type of stealing (such as theft, forgery, larceny or embezzlement). It 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).

What restrictions exist in the program's bond coverage?

The worker must meet the legal age for working in New York State. Employers must pay wages to the worker, with federal taxes automatically deducted from pay. The job must have the potential to last at least six months. Because the FBP is a hiring incentive, it does not cover self-employed persons.

Who does the program help?

The Federal Bonding Program provides loss protection to a business that hires a person who has a background that may cause the business to question his or her honesty, which could lead to an adverse hiring decision. The following groups of targeted job seekers are eligible to be bonded under the program:

  • Individuals with a previous misdemeanor or felony conviction(s)
  • People who are in active recovery from substance abuse (e.g., Persons who have completed a substance abuse treatment program).
  • Individuals who have poor credit or who have declared bankruptcy in the past
  • Anyone having a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the military
  • People with little or no work history behind them
  • Individuals who are receiving any form of public assistance benefits (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP, cash benefits or housing subsidies)
  • Youth or young adults who have current or previous participation in a state or locally-operated employment program
  • Individuals who could benefit from bonding to secure a promotion with a current employer or to prevent a lay-of

Can bonding be issued to cover an already employed worker?

The FBP is primarily designed to be a hiring incentive for new employees. However, bonds can be issued to cover an incumbent worker who is eligible for the program or not readily bondable by their employer. As previously mentioned, coverage can be used to secure a promotion or transfer or to prevent a layoff.

Since businesses buy fidelity bond insurance to protect against employee dishonesty, why is the program's bond needed?

Fidelity bonds that are available for businesses to purchase for their employees typically do not cover individuals that are eligible for the Federal Bonding Program. This is because, due to the barriers they face, these job seekers may not be able to be covered by commercially-purchased fidelity insurance. Only the FBP will issue bonds that cover anyone who may fall into this category, As a result of the Federal Bonding Program, this barrier to hiring is eliminated.

How long does the program's fidelity bond coverage last?

Bonding coverage is issued at no cost for 6 months. If requested, before the initial six months ends, businesses can request an additional 6 months of no-cost coverage, for a total of 12 months of free coverage.

Generally, after the first six months of coverage through the FBP, with no acts of employee dishonesty, the employee is eligible to be commercially bondable through the businesses’ regular fidelity coverage.

Can bonding be issued for a worker assigned to a part-time job or a temporary job?

Bonding can be issued to a: full-time, part-time, temporary worker and temp to perm employee

Who must request issuance of the fidelity bond?

Bond issuance can be requested by either the business doing the hiring or the job applicant. The best way to begin the process is to contact either a Local Bonding Coordinator in the closest city or county by using the contact list below, OR to contact the New York State Bonding Coordinator by email at: [email protected] or by phone at: (518) 485-8037

Can the bond be issued at any time?

No. There must be a job offer with a start date before a bond can be issued. The bonding coverage will start on the job start date and will automatically expire six months from that date (unless it is renewed).

What amount of bonding coverage can be requested and issued under the Federal Bonding Program?

Bonding coverage is determined by the business who will be hiring the worker to be bonded. Bonding coverage begins at the default amount of $5,000 and increases in increments of $5,000 to a maximum of $25,000. Any coverage requested that is over $5,000 mut be briefly justified in writing.

What paperwork is the business required to complete?

None. Once the date is set for the applicant to start work, the bond can begin to be processed and requested. The New York State Department of Labor completes all required paperwork. The business is not required to complete any paperwork or maintain any records on file, and the bond is self-terminating. Once requested, the bond is mailed directly to the business by Union Insurance Group.

How can a business or job seeker start the bonding process?

Contact the nearest Local Bonding Coordinator from the list below.

Find Your Local Bonding Coordinator

State Bonding Coordinator
New York State Department of Labor
State Office Campus
Building 12, Room 440
Albany, NY 12226
Email: [email protected]


Find Your Local Bonding Coordinator
CountyCityLocal CoordinatorAddressContact
Albany CountyAlbanyAndrea HowardCareer Central
175 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206

(518) 242-8243

[email protected]

Orleans CountyAlbionKelly McDonaldOrleans Center for Workforce Development
458 West Avenue (Suite 3)
Albion, NY 14411
(585) 589-5335
[email protected]
Montgomery CountyAmsterdamDerek LangloisAmsterdam Workforce Solutions
2620 Riverfront Center
Amsterdam, NY 12010
518-842-2240 x3034
[email protected]
Cayuga CountyAuburnMelissa MarcolinaCayuga Works Career Center
199 Franklin Street (Suite 204)
Auburn, NY 13021

(315) 294-8114

[email protected]

Saratoga CountyBallston SpaWendy SkawinskiSaratoga County Employment & Training
152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

(518) 824-8891

[email protected]

Genesee CountyBataviaRenee WilmothGenesee County Career Center
587 East Main Street (Suite 100)
Batavia, NY 14020

(585) 344-2042 x4218

[email protected]

Bronx CountyBronx

Lisa Badillo


Elizabeth Rosado

Workforce1 Career Center
400 East Fordham Road (8th Floor)
Bronx, NY 10458

Lisa Badillo
(718) 960-7907
[email protected]

Elizabeth Rosado
(718) 960-7923
[email protected]

Kings CountyBrooklyn

Margaret Freda


Delphia Penson

Workforce 1 Career Center
250 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Margaret Freda
(718) 613-3721
[email protected]

Delphia Penson
(718) 613-3708
[email protected]

Erie CountyBuffaloPhyllis DamicoBuffalo Career Center
284 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 851-2680

[email protected]

Erie CountyBuffaloPhyllis DamicoBuffalo Employment & Training Center
77 Goodell Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 851-2680

[email protected]

St. Lawrence CountyCantonN/ASt. Lawrence Career Center
80 State Highway 310 (Suite 8)
Canton, NY 13617
Putnam CountyCarmelVictoria PetruzielloPutnam Workforce Partnership
110 Old Route 6 (Building 3)
Carmel, NY 10512

(845) 473-9000

[email protected]

Schoharie CountyCobleskillNicole JenkinsCobleskill Workforce Solutions
795 East Main Street (Suite 4)
Cobleskill, NY 12043
(518) 842-3676 Ext: 2005
[email protected]
Cortland CountyCortlandMonica WilliamsCortland Works Career Center
99 Main Street
Cortland, NY 13045

(607) 756-7585

[email protected]

Chautauqua CountyDunkirkSusan Ambrose-RickardChautauqua Works
407 Central Avenue
Dunkirk, NY 14048

(716) 363-6069

[email protected]

Chemung CountyElmiraLori GilbertElmira Career Center
318 Madison Avenue
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 733-7131 Ext: 2120
[email protected]
Queens CountyElmhurstMary LetmanFlushing Workforce 1 Career Center
90-02 Queens Boulevard (2nd floor)
Elmhurst, NY 11373

(718) 321-6308

[email protected]

Washington CountyFort EdwardWendy SkawinskiL.E.A.P. (Learning/ Employment/ Assistance/ Partnership)
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

(518) 824-8891

[email protected]

Oswego CountyFultonMary BattistaOswego Workforce New York
200 North 2nd Street
Fulton, NY 13069

(315) 591-9305

[email protected]

Livingston CountyGeneseoDavid CarmanLivingston County Office of Workforce Development
6 Court Street (Room 105)
Geneseo, NY 14454

(585) 243-7047 x6901

[email protected]

Ontario CountyGenevaJoli MorganFinger Lakes Works- Geneva
795 Canandaigua Road
Geneva, NY 14456


[email protected]


Warren CountyGlens FallsWendy SkawinskiWarren County Career Center
333 Glen Street (Suite 300)
Glens Falls, NY 12801

(518) 824-8891

[email protected]

Suffolk CountyHauppaugeLeslie CortezThe Employment Career Center at Suffolk County
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
(631) 687-4821
[email protected]
Rockland CountyNyackN/ARockland Works
131 North Midland Avenue
Nyack, NY 10960
Nassau CountyHempsteadPatrick BrunoHempstead Works Career Center
50 Clinton Street (Suite 400)
Hempstead, NY 11550

(516) 240-4737

[email protected]

Herkimer CountyHerkimerJill TurnerHerkimer County Working Solutions Career Center
320 North Prospect Street
Herkimer, NY 13350

(315) 867-1585

[email protected]

Nassau CountyHicksvilleJames RamirezHicksville Career Center
301 West Old Country Road
Hicksville, NY 11801

516) 934-8569

[email protected]

Steuben CountyHornellLisa KlemHornell Career Center
107 Broadway
Hornell, NY 14843

(607) 324-8388

[email protected]

Columbia CountyHudsonBernadette KowalskiColumbia County Career Center
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-4654
[email protected]
Tompkins CountyIthacaRamona EmeryTompkins Workforce New York Career Center
171 East State Street (Suite 241)
Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 272-7570 x 126

[email protected]

Queens CountyJamaicaSeleola JojuQueens Career Center
168-25 Jamaica Avenue (2nd Floor)
Jamaica, NY 11432
[email protected]
Chautauqua CountyJamestownJudy MohneyJamestown Career Center
4 East 3rd Street
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 661-9553 x 5115

[email protected]

Broome County and Tioga CountyJohnson CityStacey SmithBroome-Tioga Workforce New York
501 Reynolds Road
Johnson City, NY 13790

(607) 432-4800

[email protected]


Ulster CountyKingstonPatricia La SpinaUlster County Career Center
521 Boices Lane
Kingston, NY 12401

(845) 443-8042

[email protected]

Niagara CountyLockportVicki AllenLockport WorkSourceOne Center
272 South Transit Street
Lockport, NY 14094

(716) 280-6187

[email protected]

Wayne CountyGenevaJoli MorganFinger Lakes Works- Wayne County
795 Canandaguia Road
Geneva, New York 14456


[email protected]


Franklin CountyMaloneJessica BennettMalone OneWorkSource Center
158 Finney Boulevard
Malone, NY 12953

(518) 481-5755 x 4006

[email protected]

Nassau CountyMassapequaSam WangMassapequa Employment Center
977 Hicksville Road
Massapequa, NY 11758

(516) 797-7930

[email protected]

St. Lawrence CountyMassenaTracy GilbertSt. Lawrence Career Center- Massena
35 Glenn Street
Massena, NY 13662


[email protected]

Orange CountyMiddletownGenevieve ClinemanOrange Works Career Center- Middletown
18 Seward Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940

(845) 360-0342

[email protected]

Sullivan CountyMonticelloPatrick LeapSullivan Works Career Center
50 North Street
Monticello, NY 12701

(845) 794-3340 x 0599

[email protected]

Orange CountyNewburghLaura HashimOrange Works Career Center- Newburgh
3 Washington Center (4th Floor)
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 568-5374
[email protected]
New York County (Harlem)New YorkNatosha KearseNYC Workforce1 Career Center
215 East 125th Street (6th Floor)
New York, NY 10027

(917) 493-7067

[email protected]

New York County (Manhattan)New YorkYan Xian WangLower Manhattan Workforce 1 Career Center
199 Church Street
New York, NY 10007
+1 (212) 775-3792
[email protected]
Niagara CountyLockportVicki AllenLockport WorkSourceOne Career Center
272 South Transit Street
Lockport, NY 14094

(716) 280-6187

[email protected]

Chenango CountyNorwichStacey SmithChenango County CDO Workforce
1 O’Hara Drive
Norwich, NY 13815

(607) 432-4800

[email protected]

St. Lawrence CountyOgdensburgBrandy BackusOgdensburg Career Center
1031 Patterson Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669


[email protected]

Cattaraugus CountyOleanJoshua MarinoCattaraugus Career Center
175 North Union Street (Suite 4)
Olean, NY 14760

(716) 373-1880 x260

[email protected]

Otsego CountyOneontaStacey SmithCDO Workforce Center
12 Dietz Street
Oneonta, NY 13820

(607) 432-4800

[email protected]

Tioga CountyOwegoStacey SmithBroome & Tioga Career Center 
501 Reynolds Road
Johnson City, NY 13790

(607) 432-4800

[email protected]


Suffolk CountyPatchogue

Gary Gualberti


Jennifer Treco

Workforce New York Career Center
160 South Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772

Gary Gualberti
(631) 687-4876 [email protected]

Jennifer Treco
(631) 687-4894
[email protected]

Westchester CountyPeekskillSheree BarrettPeekskill Employment Center
201 South James Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

(914) 737-3490

[email protected]

Clinton CountyPlattsburghStacy LesinskiClinton County OneWorkSource
194 US Oval
Plattsburgh, NY 12903

(518) 561-0430 x3062 [email protected]

Toll Free: 1-866-967-5768

Dutchess CountyPoughkeepsieMichelle BearDutchess Career Center
191 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

(845) 249-4618

[email protected]

Monroe CountyRochesterRebecca ZdnowskiRochesterWorks! Career Center
255 North Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 371-9321
[email protected]
Monroe CountyRochesterRebecca ZdnowskiRochesterWorks! Career Center
276 Waring Road
Rochester, NY 14609
(585) 371-9321
[email protected]
Oneida CountyRomeNicole DavisRome Working Solutions
300 West Dominick Street (Suite 1)
Rome, NY 13440


[email protected]

Schenectady CountySchenectadyAndrea HowardSchenectady Job Training Agency
797 Broadway
Schenectady, NY 12305

(518) 242-8243

[email protected]

Richmond CountyStaten IslandFelipe Cabrera

Staten Island Workforce1 Career Center

120 Stuyvesant Plaza (3rd Floor)

Staten Island, NY 10301

(718) 285-8424

[email protected]

Onondaga CountySyracuseDwayne FordCNY (Central New York) Works
960 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
+1 (315) 473-8250
[email protected]
Rensselaer CountyTroyBernadette KowalskiRensselaer County Career Center
1600 7th Avenue (4th Floor)
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 828-4654
[email protected]
Oneida CountyUticaLori Mettler

Working Solutions Career Center

207 Genesee Street Suite202

Utica, New York 13501

(315) 793-5395
[email protected]
Oneida CountyUticaAshley Gaines

Working Solutions Career Center

207 Genesee Street Suite202

Utica, New York 13501


[email protected]

Madison CountyWampsvilleBarbara SmallMadison County Working Solutions Career Center
133 North Court Street
Wampsville, NY 13163
[email protected]
Wyoming CountyWarsawRenee Wilmoth

Warsaw Career Center

448 North Main Street

Warsaw, NY 14569

(585) 344-2042

[email protected]

Jefferson CountyWatertownMichael BoyceThe Work Place – Jefferson County
1000 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601

(315) 786-3666

[email protected]

Westchester CountyWhite Plains

Elizabeth Buonamici

Paul Cherian

White Plains Career Center

120 Bloomingdale Road

White Plains, NY 10605

[email protected]


(914) 997-9529
[email protected]


Erie CountyWilliamsvilleRonald BrighamWilliamsville Career Center
4175 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

(716) 634-9081

[email protected]

Westchester CountyYonkersSinae ChristyYonkers Employment Center
28 Wells Avenue
Building 3 (4th Floor)
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 461-9061
[email protected]
Westchester CountyYonkersAnthony SalvatoreYonkers Employment Center
28 Wells Avenue
Building 3 (4th Floor)
Yonkers, NY 10701

(914) 461-9065

[email protected]

Westchester CountyMount Vernon

Faye Ramos

Belina Middleton

Mount Vernon Career Center

130 Mt Vernon Ave, 1st floor

Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

[email protected]​​​​​​​

[email protected]