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Requirements for consideration of a CFTC whistleblower award

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2022 | Whistle-Blowing

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently reported the largest-ever whistleblower award, where an individual received a $200 million dollar payment for providing information about violations.

The Whistleblower Program is responsible for granting a number of awards to individuals who identify and report misconduct.


Whistleblowers are essential for exposing transgressions and holding wrongdoers accountable. However, the rules for submitting a whistleblower claim are stringent. The CFTC will only consider an award under the following conditions:

  • The whistleblower voluntarily submits original information that leads to the successful enforcement of a related action or resolution of administrative or judicial action
  • The whistleblower submits a claim in response to a final judgment or a Notice of Covered Action
  • The whistleblower provides additional information to the CFTC, including evidentiary documentation, explanations or testimony that the staff deems acceptable
  • The whistleblower signs and adheres to the terms of a confidentiality agreement if the Whistleblower Office requests one

The CFTC may waive any requirements it deems necessary in extraordinary circumstances.

Ineligible whistleblowers

A whistleblower cannot receive an award if he or she:

  • Is a member of law enforcement, a foreign regulatory authority or an organization listed under Whistleblower Rules § 165.6
  • Has a criminal conviction related to the action
  • Submitted redundant information or information obtained from an ineligible person
  • Knowingly presents false, fraudulent or fictitious statements or materials
  • Intends to evade the rules set forth by the CFTC

If you have a good faith belief that you have witnessed or uncovered evidence of a violation, you deserve an opportunity to prove your claims. Before coming forward, it is crucial to understand your rights and protections under federal law.