Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Departmental Regulation 4040-451-004

Office of Human Capital Management

Referral Bonus Awards


The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the use of Referral Bonus Awards. The Referral Bonus Award is an incentive award granted to an employee who brings new talent to the agency by referring persons who are subsequently selected and successfully employed for an otherwise hard to fill position. Referral bonuses are granted, as with other awards, at the discretion of management and are not an entitlement.