H.R. 2483 (112th): Whistleblower Improvement Act of 2011

Jul 11, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Michael Grimm
Representative for New York's 13th congressional district
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Jul 11, 2011
14 pages

This bill was introduced on July 11, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jul 11, 2011
Referred to Committee Jul 11, 2011
Full Title

To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Commodity Exchange Act to modify certain provisions relating to whistleblower incentives and protection.


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5 cosponsors (5R) (show)

House Agriculture

General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

House Financial Services

Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises

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Whistleblower Improvement Act of 2011 - Amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Commodity Exchange Act to require a whistleblower employee, as a prerequisite to eligibility for a whistleblower award, to: (1) first report information relating to misconduct to his or her employer before reporting it to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and (2) report such information to the SEC within 180 days after reporting it to the employer.
Prohibits a whistleblower award to any whistleblower who fails to report the relevant information to his or her employer first, unless: (1) the employer lacks either a policy prohibiting retaliation for reporting potential misconduct or an internal reporting system allowing for anonymous reporting, or (2) the SEC determines that internal reporting was not a viable option.
Prohibits a whistleblower award to any whistleblower who has legal or compliance responsibilities and a fiduciary or contractual obligation to investigate internal reports of misconduct or violations if the information learned by the whistleblower during the course of his or her duties was communicated with the reasonable expectation that such person would take appropriate steps to respond.
Makes the whistleblower award discretionary instead of mandatory. Repeals the minimum award requirement.
Prohibits an award to a whistleblower found civilly liable or determined by the SEC to have been complicit in misconduct related to the pertinent violation.
Requires the SEC to notify the pertinent entity before commencing any enforcement action relating to information reported by a whistleblower, unless such notification would jeopardize investigative measures and impede the gathering of relevant facts.
Directs the Comptroller General to study what impact, if any, the whistleblower incentives program has had upon shareholder value.

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