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Insurance Corporation

Each depositor insured to at least $250,000 per insured bank

Corporate Employee Program

Entry-Level Financial Institution Specialists - the first step into the Corporate Employee Program (CEP)

The Corporate Employee Program prepares FDIC's workforce of Financial Institution Specialists to be ready for rapid changes in the financial industry and resulting shifts in corporate workload. To achieve this flexibility, the Financial Institution Specialists (a.k.a. Corporate Employees) are developed in an array of functional proficiencies so they can be rapidly deployed to different mission-critical efforts.

The Job of a Financial Institution Specialist

Financial Institution Specialists participate in the assessment of financial institutions to determine:

To carry out these responsibilities, Financial Institution Specialists:

Where do Financial Institution Specialists work?

Our regions are: Atlanta, Boston/New York, Chicago, Dallas/Memphis, Kansas City, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Financial Institution Specialists work out of field offices within the Regions

Do you qualify as an entry-level Financial Institution Specialist?

To become a Financial Institution Specialist, you will need:

Education-Based Requirements

Applicants who qualify for hire based on education must receive their degrees prior to initial appointment. To be qualifying, education must have been earned at accredited colleges or universities. While all coursework requirements are stated in semester hours, quarter hour equivalents are, of course, accepted.

To qualify for the entry level on the basis of education, you must meet one of the following two requirements:

  1. Completion of all requirements for one full academic year of graduate education. This education must include major study in accounting, banking, business administration, commercial or banking law, economics, finance, marketing, or other related fields. This graduate education must include at least 24 semester hours in business administration, accounting, finance, marketing, or economics with at least six semester hours of accounting (these six semester hours of accounting may have been earned at the undergraduate level),


  1. Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree for which the major study is in accounting, banking, business administration, commercial or banking law, economics, finance, marketing, or other fields related to the position, which includes a minimum of 24 semester hours in business administration, finance, economics, marketing, or accounting subjects, with at least six semester hours in accounting with Superior Academic Achievement (SAA).

To qualify for Superior Academic Achievement (SAA), you must meet one of the following:

  1. A grade-point average of "B" (i.e., a GPA of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
  2. A grade-point average of "B+" (i.e., a GPA of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all courses in your major field of study or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
  3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, University, or major subdivision.
  4. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.

Experienced-Based Requirements
To qualify for a grade CG-7 Financial Institution Specialist job:

You must have one year of experience which demonstrated skill in gathering and analyzing financial data; interpreting balance sheets and income statements; and using a variety of software applications. To be creditable, experience must have been equivalent to at least the CG-5. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  1. Work requiring a thorough knowledge and application of commercial accounting or auditing principles and practices (but less than full professional accounting knowledge) with a financial institution.
  2. Examining or auditing such financial institutions as savings and loan associations, savings or commercial banking institutions or trust companies, farm credit associations, or Federal or State credit unions.
  3. Professional accounting or auditing work that provided a broad knowledge of the application of accounting or auditing principles and practices.
  4. Work that provided a thorough knowledge of Federal and State laws applicable to the type of financial institution involved (e.g., savings and loan associations, Bank for Cooperatives, savings or commercial banks, investment institutions, etc.), and of the operations and practices of such institutions.

Combination Education and Experience-Based Requirements

Combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the full qualification requirements for the CG-7 as long as the education and experience demonstrates skill in gathering and analyzing financial data; interpreting balance sheets and income statements; and using a variety of software applications.

Career Advancement

New entrants into the Corporate Employee Program (CEP) are appointed at the grade CG-7 as Financial Institution Specialists (FIS). FIS are Intern appointments under the Schedule D excepted service appointing authority. FIS are appointed for an initial period expected to last for two-years. After two years, FDIC may noncompetitively convert a FIS to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service.

Program participants are trained for and assessed against performance benchmarks at each grade level. Upon successful completion of the first year rotational benchmarks, participants graduate from CEP and enter specific specialization areas in risk management examination, consumer compliance examination, or resolutions and receiverships. Each participant must successfully earn a commission in their specialization track within four years of employment.

Work and On-the-Job Training Assignments in the First Year

The participants will broadly cover all the areas of the CEP during a multi-functional training program that will include the following assignments:

To maximize the training program, Financial Institution Specialists may be temporarily assigned outside their official duty location either to obtain training or complete work assignments.

Professional Development

After attending a comprehensive orientation program, Financial Institution Specialists receive training and on-the-job experiences in the various FDIC business lines. This learning and development approach provides Financial Institution Specialists with basic corporate knowledge and skills transferable across the Risk Management, Compliance and Resolutions and Receiverships areas.

Upon completion of the rotational year, Financial Institution Specialists will be placed in a Risk Management examination, Consumer Compliance examination or Resolutions and Receiverships commissioning track and continue their learning and development. The placement into various disciplines is based on corporate need, as well as employee aptitude and preference. Each commissioning discipline provides extensive formal and on-the-job training.

FDIC is committed to continuous learning and development and provides significant internal and external training opportunities for its employees. FDIC's internal training has been certified by professional associations for continuing education requirements. Once CEP participants have successfully earned a commission, they are also eligible for FDIC's Professional Learning Accounts which provide funds for external training opportunities. We encourage motivated employees to pursue industry certifications and other valuable credentials that will enhance their professional advancement.

Travel and Relocation

Frequent travel is required for regular duty assignments in financial institutions, formal training, and rotational training. The degree and means of travel varies with the official duty station of the Financial Institution Specialist.

The FDIC reimburses travel expenses including lodging costs and compensation for the use of an employee's privately owned automobile.

After the possible initial relocation, subsequent relocations may be based on management needs and/or the career goals of the employee.

Candidates will be assigned to an FDIC field office. After the initial rotation training period, employees may be relocated to another field office as they begin to specialize for their chosen discipline.

The amount of travel for the field office.


The FDIC offers a comprehensive package of employee benefits and worklife programs. Some benefits are at no cost while others involve a premium or contribution, often on a pre-tax basis:

Benefits Programs, including:

Worklife Programs and Services, including:

How to Apply


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