Image of SEC Whistleblower Program: What happens after I submit a tip to the SEC?

SEC Whistleblower Program: What happens after I submit a tip to the SEC?


The Office of Market Intelligence (“OMI”) evaluates incoming tips, complaints, or referrals (known as “TCRs”). At least two SEC attorneys evaluate each TCR submitted. Specific, credible, and timely TCRs are assigned to members of the SEC staff for further investigation or analysis. If the OMI determines that a TCR warrants deeper investigation, the staff will assign it to one of the SEC’s eleven regional offices, to a specialty unit, or to an Enforcement group in the Home Office.

If the SEC determines that it needs additional information to evaluate your TCR or to assist it in a resulting investigation, the SEC will contact you or your attorney. You should not expect, however, to receive updates from the SEC regarding your submission.

As a matter of policy, the SEC conducts its investigations on a confidential basis. The purpose of this is to:

  • protect the integrity of any investigation from premature disclosure; and
  • protect the privacy of the persons involved in an investigation.

Accordingly, there may be very limited information that the SEC can share with you or your attorney regarding what action, if any, the SEC has taken in response to your TCR.

For more information about whistleblower rewards and bounties, contact the SEC whistleblower lawyers at Zuckerman Law at 202-262-8959.

Click below to hear SEC whistleblower lawyer Matt Stock’s tips for SEC whistleblowers:

SEC whistleblower lawyers

To learn more about the SEC Whistleblower Program, download Zuckerman Law’s eBook: SEC Whistleblower Program: Tips from SEC Whistleblower Attorneys to Maximize an SEC Whistleblower Award:

SEC Whistleblower Program Tips from SEC Whistleblower Attorneys to Maximize an SEC Whistleblower Award

Click here to learn more about anti-retaliation protections for SEC whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Act and Sarbanes-Oxley Act.



All tips will go to the Office of Market Intelligence. The SCC assures us that at least two attorneys will review every submission. For the submissions that the SCC finds specific, credible, and timely, they will assign them to offices throughout the United States for further investigation. Importantly, the SCC is under no requirement to provide the whistle blower with updates about their investigation into the tip.

Jason Zuckerman, Principal of Zuckerman Law, litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims. He is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015 and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® and in SuperLawyers.

Matthew Stock is the Director of the Whistleblower Rewards Practice at Zuckerman Law. He represents whistleblowers around the world in SEC, CFTC and IRS whistleblower claims. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and former KPMG external auditor.