On September 1, 2016, the US CFTC requested public comment on proposed amendments to the Whistleblower Rules found in Part 165 of the CFTC’s regulations. The amendments would improve the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and clarify staff authority to administer the whistleblower program. The proposal would also strengthen the CFTC’s authority to protect whistleblowers from retaliation through CFTC enforcement action under the Commodity Exchange Act.

The amendments would also make changes to eligibility requirements, the award claims process (and review of that process), whistleblower identifying information and the treatment of employer confidentiality provisions. Comments to the proposed amendments were due on September 29, 2016.

The proposed Whistleblower Rule amendments are available at: