CFTC Asks for Public Comments on Whistleblower Rule Changes

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today that it is requesting public comment on proposed amendments to the Whistleblower Rules found in Part 165 of the CFTC’s Regulations. The CFTC announcement states:

“The amendments would enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and make related changes to clarify staff authority to administer the whistleblower program. The proposal will also strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation authority to provide whistleblowers protection from retaliation through CFTC enforcement action under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA).

“The amendments make changes to other key areas such as: eligibility requirements; award claims review; contents of record for award determinations; whistleblower identifying information; and improper employer confidentiality provisions.

“The proposed amendments would also clarify the CFTC’s position on awards for related actions, replace the Whistleblower Award Determination Panel with a Claims Review Staff, and provide the CFTC with the opportunity to review Proposed Final Determinations.”

Comments must be submitted on or before September 29, 2016. Comments may be submitted electronically through the CFTC’s Comments Online Process or by Mail:

Send to Christopher
Kirkpatrick, Secretary of the
Commission, Commodity Futures
Trading Commission, Three Lafayette
Centre, 1155 21st Street NW.,
Washington, DC 20581

All comments will be posted on the CFTC’s website.

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