Contract Services in the Foreign Language Program

The FBI's Foreign Language Program (FLP) provides language support, analysis, and cultural expertise to advance the FBI’s mission. Independent Contract Linguists (ICLs) support the FLP with language interpretation and translation services.

ICLs are independent contractors; they are not employees of the FBI and are not eligible to receive government benefits. The submission of your interest through this site does not guarantee an award, funding, or any contractual action or obligation on the part of the FBI.   

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Special Notice: ICL Opportunity

ANNOUNCEMENT TITLE: FBI Independent Contract Linguist (ICL)

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The FBI’s Foreign Language Program has an opportunity for U.S. citizens proficient in foreign languages to provide services as independent contract linguists (ICLs). The services provided by ICLs include, but are not limited to, translating written and/or audio materials generally from the foreign language into English; interpreting during interviews with witnesses, victims, or subjects of a crime or during visits with foreign dignitaries; and providing cultural expertise and testimonies on matters over which the FBI has jurisdiction. ICLs are considered contractors; they are not FBI employees. ICLs work on assignments based on the needs of the FBI, with scheduling flexibility.

REQUIREMENTS: U.S citizens interested in the ICL opportunity must meet the following requirements: (1) be at least 18 years old; (2) have lived in the United States for three of the last five years (unless serving outside the country as a federal employee, as an active or reserve duty service member, or the dependent of an employee or service member); (3) able to work in FBI space at least 20 hours per week (if work is available); (4) receive Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) skill level 2+ qualifying scores from the FBI’s Foreign Language Test Battery composed of listening, reading, translation, and speaking tests; (5) pass the FBI’s comprehensive background investigation, which includes a polygraph, by complying with the FBI Eligibility Guide to obtain a Top Secret clearance; and (6) undergo a hearing examination every two years. Translation and/or interpretation experience is preferred but not required.