The passage of Dodd-Frank represented a major overhaul of U.S. financial regulations. Among the Act’s most notable achievements were the creation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Office of the Whistleblower and the SEC Whistleblower Program. In its short, 10-year history, the SEC Whistleblower Reward Program has been extraordinarily successful in enabling the SEC to root out securities fraud and protect investors. Since the inception of the SEC Whistleblower Program, the SEC has paid more than $900 million in awards to whistleblowers resulting in more than $3.5 billion in financial remedies. According to the SEC Whistleblower Program’s 2020 Annual Report, the SEC is tracking over 1,100 matters in which a whistleblower’s tip has caused a Matter Under Inquiry or investigation to open.
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