Statistics

According to the most recent SEC Whistleblower Office report, the number of whistleblower tips increased from 3,620 in FY 2014 to 3,923 in FY 2015. These tips came from whistleblowers in the US as well as from 61 foreign countries. The most common complaint categories reported by whistleblowers in FY 2015 were Corporate Disclosures and Financials, Offering Fraud, and Manipulation.

Eight whistleblowers received awards in FY 2015. The SEC also announced it had made the largest whistleblower award to date, awarding $30 million to one whistleblower. Further, the Office issued an award of 20% to two foreign nationals who reported information that led to an investigation and monetary recovery.   

In FY 2015, the SEC also used for the first time its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to bring enforcement action against a company for retaliation against a whistleblower.

Amounts Collected and Awards Paid

Fiscal Year

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Tips

334*

3,011

3,238

3,620

3,923

Number of Awards

0

1

4

9

8

Total amount of awards paid

$0

$45,739

$14,831,965

> $32 Million

> $37 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Only 7 weeks of whistleblower tip data is available for FY 2011