In late-May 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it was implementing several changes to its whistleblower program.  See CFTC, Office of Public Affairs, Strengthening Anti-Retaliation Protections for Whistleblowers and Enhancing the Award Claims Review Process (May 22, 2017).  The changes (1) allow whistleblowers to notify other agencies before the CFTC and still qualify for an award, (2) allow whistleblowers to recover based on actions brought by other law enforcement agencies, if the information came from the CFTC, (3) strengthen existing anti-retaliation provisions, including allowing suit even if a whistleblower’s information doesn’t lead to an award, (4) clarify that confidentiality and arbitration agreements cannot be used to prohibit communication, and (5) make the award review process consistent with the SEC’s process.