The Securities and Exchange Commission awarded US $50 million in total to two separate whistleblowers with one receiving US $37 million, the third largest reward given by the SEC, and the other getting US $13 million. According to a heavily redacted SEC release, the whistleblower who received the highest award did so because he/she provided information that was of “significantly high quality and critically important” to the staff that was the nature of a “smoking gun.” The SEC also disclosed that two whistleblowers were not rewarded for their efforts because their information did not open, assist, or contribute to the success of an investigation.