The SEC recently issued its 2014 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, providing detail on the historic year.  SEC, Office of the Whistleblower, 2014 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (Nov. 24, 2014).  Of the 14 total awards authorized by the SEC since the start of the whistleblower program, nine of these were issued in 2014.  Id. at 1.  Included in these nine was an award of over $30 million—more than double the amount of the previous highest award under the program—to a whistleblower who helped the SEC discover an ongoing fraud that was otherwise difficult to detect.  Forty percent of the whistleblower award recipients were current or former company employees, and 20% were contractors, consultants, or solicited to act as consultants for the company committing the reported securities violation.