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SEC Notices of Covered Actions Dec 2017-Feb 2018

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower Notices of Covered Action. Individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information that lead to the successful enforcement of a covered action are eligible to apply for a whistleblower award.

SEC Investigating Over 700 Cases from Whistleblower Tips

According to the SEC’s 2017 Annual Report to Congress on the Whistleblower Program, the SEC Office of the Whistleblower (“OWB”) received over 4,400 whistleblower tips in FY 2017 alone, more than 13 times the number of tips received in the program’s inaugural year. The Report also notes that OWB is currently tracking over 700 enforcement matters in which a whistleblower’s tip caused the SEC to open an investigation or which were forwarded to enforcement staff for review in connection with an ongoing investigation.

International Whistleblowers: U.S. Tax Laws & the FCPA

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto is committed to working with international whistleblowers to combat bribery and offshore tax evasion. By utilizing IRS whistleblower provisions and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, KKC ensures that international whistleblowers can come forward to report such fraud and corruption without fear of retaliation.

Senator Grassley Goes to the Senate Floor to Blast Court Decisions that Place “Bogus Restrictions” on False Claims Act Whistleblower Cases

Senator Chuck Grassley today gave a 15-minute floor speech defending the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act and he said that recent court decisions are weakening “the most effective tool to combat government fraud” by “piling on bogus restrictions that are not the law.”

Big Win for Qui Tam Whistleblowers

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law today by President Trump, included two key whistleblower-qui tam amendments fixing loopholes in the IRS and Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower reward laws. The amendments ensure that whistleblowers who expose criminal tax frauds will be covered under the IRS whistleblower law and close a tax loophole that caused Dodd-Frank Act whistleblowers to be double-taxed on their rewards, reducing payments by as much as 80%.

Senator Grassley Asks Attorney General to Revise Memo on “Communications with Congress” that May Not Comply with Existing Law

On January 29, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote a memo instructing Justice Department heads not to communicate with Congress “without advance coordination and consultation” with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Office of Legislative Affairs (“OLA”). On February 5, Senator Charles Grassley, a longtime advocate for whistleblower rights, responded to the troubling DOJ policy guidance.

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