The SEC recently announced it has awarded $2.5 million to a whistleblower who is also a government employee. This is the first time the SEC has publicized giving an award to an employee of a government agency.
As it is customary with the SEC, the identity of the whistleblower remains anonymous, and specific details about the wrongdoing have not been revealed. The novelty here is the fact that a government employee has been considered eligible for an award.
On paper, government agency employees can receive whistleblower awards as long as they are not employees of a law enforcement organization, the SEC itself, or a number of regulatory agencies, which include the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.Read more here.