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Foreign Language Incentive Program

With the Agency’s Foreign Language Incentive Program, new and current employees who meet proficiency requirements can receive monetary bonuses.


1) Language Maintenance and Language Use Programs

Amount: $75 - $400 paid bi-weekly

The Language Maintenance Program is for Agency employees who possess and maintain language proficiency* from a qualifying list of languages, regardless of their position. By sustaining qualifying proficiency levels, you can receive maintenance bonus pay in each bi-weekly paycheck.

The Language Use Program offers additional bonus compensation for employees who meet the Language Maintenance Program requirements and work in certain qualifying positions where it is necessary for you to regularly use your language skills


2) Language Proficiency Hiring Bonus and Mission Critical Language Hiring Bonus

Amount: Up to $35,000

Language Proficiency Hiring Bonuses are paid to new employees who meet the minimum proficiency* requirements from a qualifying list of languages, work in a language-designated occupation and sign a continued service agreement with the CIA. The amount of the bonus is based on criteria set by the CIA. New employees can qualify for this hiring bonus in more than one language.

Mission Critical Language Hiring Bonuses are provided to new employees who possess excellent foreign language skills in a mission critical language and meet the requirements of the Language Proficiency Hiring Bonus. New employees may qualify for this hiring bonus in more than one language, with $5,000 awarded per language.

Note: The total compensation received for the Language Proficiency Hiring Bonus and Mission Critical Language Hiring Bonus cannot exceed a combined $35,000.


3) Pre-Entrance on Duty (EOD) Mission Critical Hiring Bonus

Amount: $75 - $250 accrued bi-weekly until EOD; not to exceed 25% of the employee’s salary

The Pre-Entrance on Duty Mission Critical Hiring Bonus is offered to individuals who receive a Conditional Offer of Employment for a language-designated occupation, test and meet proficiency requirements* in a mission critical language during the hiring process, successfully Enter on Duty (EOD) with the CIA and sign a continued service agreement. New employees may qualify for this additional hiring bonus in more than one language.

*The employee language proficiency is measured against the Intelligence Community’s Interagency Language Roundtable. For a description of each proficiency level, visit www.govtilr.org and consult the Unabridged Version of the Interagency Language Roundtable Scale.


Posted: Feb 15, 2017 01:57 PM
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017 01:57 PM