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The Following Government Departments and Agencies have Approved FITSI Certifications



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Both the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have approved FITSI Certifications for their workforce!


Department of State (DOS)

 DOS has an existing Skills Incentive Program (SIP) that provides department employees monetary incentives for earning industry certifications.  As of July 2016, FITSI has had the FITSP-Manager and FITSP-Auditor certifications added to the 14% SIP level.  This applies to the following level of DOS employees:

  • Foreign Service 01

  • Foreign Service 02

  • Civil Service GS-14

  • Civil Service GS-15

DOS employees that meet these levels and earn a FITSP-Manager or FITSP-Auditor may be eligible to earn an additional 14% annually over their base pay.  For full details, internal DOS employees can visit the following site to learn more:  http://sip.state.gov

Department of Homeland Secuity (DHS)

 DHS recently instituted a Cyber Skills Incentive Program (CSIP) for DHS employees. 

CSIP is a NPPD program that provides a retention incentive payment to those employees who occupy a cyber position and possess and maintain a NPPD-approved certification relevant to the positionís National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Specialty Area.

Certifications are mapped to incentive tiers that indicate the level of incentive that may be paid if an employee meets all the criteria and has a current (non-expired) certificate.

All certifications are mapped to incentive tier III or IV. For FY16, a tier III certification may be eligible for a 20% individual retention incentive, and a tier IV may be eligible for a 25% individual retention incentive payment.

Currently the following three Federal IT Security Professional (FITSP) certifications are eligible for individual retention incentive payment:

  • FITSP-Manager - Level III - 20%

  • FITSP-Designer - Level IV - 25%

  • FITSP-Auditor - Level III - 20%

FITSI members that work at DHS can visit the FY16 Cyber Pay Enhancements Resource Center on the SharePoint site on the DHS network. Alternatively, questions can be emailed to nppdcyberworkforce@hq.dhs.gov.