Statutes and Regulations

The Whistleblower Program was created by Congress on July 21, 2010 in Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

The SEC implemented the program by issuing Final Rules on May 25, 2011. These Final Rules are effective as of August 12, 2011.

On June 28, 2018, the SEC voted to propose several amendments to the rules governing the whistleblower program. The proposed amendments were published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2018 and will remain open for public comment until September 18, 2018.

Reports and Studies

Other Whistleblower Programs

If you have information about violations related to commodities, futures, or similar products, including all violations of the Commodity Exchange Act, please refer to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s whistleblower program.

If your information also implicates United States tax laws, you may want to learn more about the IRS Whistleblower Program.

The Department of Justice enforces the False Claims Act, another major whistleblower law.

Finding an Attorney

While the SEC cannot recommend an attorney, we can provide resources from our Fast Answer database.

How the SEC Investigates Cases

If you would like guidance on considerations the SEC uses when analyzing allegations of fraud and determining which cases to pursue, please see the SEC’s Division of Enforcement Manual.

Investor Resources

If you are a harmed investor in need of assistance please visit the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy’s Resources for Victims of Securities Law Violations webpage on

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