Part-time and temporary employees, workers, consultants, and contractors are eligible for large rewards for reporting bribery confidentially to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC reward program, which is also known as the Dodd-Frank reward program, covers corporate violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). FCPA whistleblowers who provide information about corporate bribery of foreign government officials can receive large rewards. The SEC already has made more than $150 million in payments to whistleblowers. This post will discuss how current or former part-time and temporary workers, consultants, and contractors working in foreign countries may have reward eligible information relating to bribery. These international workers assist companies throughout all corporate departments, and many learn about bribery-related issues during their work at these companies.
SEC Rewards: Sales Department – Knowledge of Bribing Government Decision Makers
SEC rewards are available to international whistleblowers who have information about sales bribery. Part-time and temporary workers, consultants, and contractors often assist corporate sales teams. During the course of this work, they can become aware of payments and incentives being provided to government decision makers in order to obtain business and deals. If current or former part-time or temporary workers, consultants, or contractors learn of payments to government decisions makers, they should feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as this could be very valuable information.
SEC Rewards: HR Department – Knowledge of Hiring Officials and Bribing Immigration Officials
SEC rewards are available to FCPA whistleblowers who have information about bribing foreign government officials, including immigration officials. Part-time and temporary workers, consultants, and contractors often assist in human resources and become aware of payments being made to immigration officials – either directly by company personnel or indirectly via a third party – to obtain visas, work permits, and residence permits for the company’s expatriates. Oftentimes company HR personnel will be involved in hiring relatives of government officials or engaging vendors or contractors affiliated with government officials. If current or former part-time or temporary workers, consultants, or contractors learn of payments to immigration officials, the hiring of government officials (or their relatives), or the engagement of suppliers or consultants affiliated with government officials, then they should feel free to contact me.
SEC Rewards: Accounting Department – Bribing Tax, Revenue, and Regulatory Officials
SEC rewards are available to FCPA whistleblowers who have information relating to the bribery of foreign regulatory officials. Part-time or temporary workers, consultants, and contractors will often assist the accounting, tax, and finance departments. In those roles, they often learn about payments or incentives being provided to tax and revenue officials or being provided to regulatory officials to obtain permits and licenses. If any current or former part-time or temporary workers, consultants, and contractors are aware of a company paying bribes to government officials, including tax and revenue officials, then he or she should contact me. For more information and details about how the reward program applies to FCPA whistleblowers, please click here.