Program History and Statutory Authorities
Rewards for Justice (RFJ), the U.S. Department of State’s national security rewards program, was established by the 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism, Public Law 98-533 (codified at 22 U.S.C. § 2708). Administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, RFJ’s mission is to offer rewards to obtain information that protects American lives and U.S. interests and furthers U.S. national security.
Since 1984, Congress has expanded RFJ’s statutory authorities to offer rewards for information in three broad categories:
- Terrorism. For information that:
- Leads to the arrest or conviction of anyone who plans, commits, aids, or attempts international terrorist acts against U.S. persons or property in the United States or abroad;
- Prevents such acts from occurring in the first place;
- Identifies or locates a key terrorist leader; or
- Disrupts the financial mechanisms of foreign terrorist organizations. This includes the disruption of kidnapping networks and kidnapping events that financially support such organizations.
- Malicious Cyber Activity. For information that:
- Identifies or locates any individual who, while acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, aids or abets a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030. This includes foreign election interference.
- North Korea. For information that:
- Disrupts the financial mechanisms of persons or entities engaged in certain activities supporting the North Korean regime; or
- Identifies or locates any individual who, while acting at the direction or under the control of the North Korean government, aids or abets a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030. This includes cyber-attacks and intrusions on U.S. government systems.