Subject: File Number S7-33-10: Whistleblower Award Program

December 7, 2010

Dear Ms. Murphy

I just signed a petition saying:

"More whistleblowing about corporate crimes could have made the foreclosure crisis and economic meltdown less severe. Whistleblowers should never be forced or engouraged to take their concerns to their potentially corrupt bosses first: Those who go directly to the government deserve the strongest rewards and protections allowed by law."

Whistlerblowers are important because they can inform the general public about malpractice. Certain companies may wish to keep this hidden, and thus want to silence whistleblowers. The only legitimate fear a company could have is regarding insider trading or other types on information exploitation. For these reasons, it is important to create laws that protect whistleblowers who seek to protect the general public.

Oliver Melvin
La Jolla, CA