CFTC Whistleblower Program

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program was created by the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. The CFTC can provide monetary incentives to those who provide original information on violations of the Commodity Exchange Act that lead to enforcement actions that result in more than $1 million in monetary recovery. Examples of CFTC violations include:

  • Manipulations of the price of a commodity, such as squeezes, corners, flooding the market with orders and manipulating settlement prices
  • Disseminating false information into the market
  • trading ahead of or front-running customer orders
  • trade practice violation
  • off-exchange frauds, such as Ponzi schemes

In addition to monetary rewards for information, the CFTC Whistleblower Program also provides protection from retaliation. The Dodd-Frank Act prohibits employer retaliation against individuals who provide information on violations of the Commodity Exchange Act.