Opening the Floodgates: The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions’ Impact on Corporate America


During Corporate Board Member and NYSE Euronext's Annual Boardroom Summit audit committee peer exchange, the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) excited discussion and concern. That’s not surprising, as a fair amount of government activity focused on Dodd-Frank is presently in the works. In October, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will report to Congress concerning its whistleblower bounty program, as well as the establishment of its own whistleblower office. In November, the SEC will propose rules to establish a Whistleblower Incentives and Protection Program and will appoint the head of the new whistleblower office. That sound you hear is the sound of our government growing.1

The corporate world should watch the evolution of this bounty program closely. To help set these developments in context, this article provides some background and thoughts about the future.

A Short Summary: Dodd-Frank requires the SEC, in any action in which it levies sanctions in excess of $1 million, to compensate whistleblowers who provide original information with between 10 to 30 percent of the amount of the sanctions. 2

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