Commodity Futures Trading Commission August 25, 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Acceptance of Public Submissions Regarding the Study of Stable Value Contracts
Document Number: 2011-21645
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Securities and Exchange Commission, Agencies and Commissions, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the ``Dodd-Frank Act'') was enacted on July 21, 2010. Section 719(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act mandates that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the ``CFTC'') and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``SEC'' and, together with the CFTC, the ``Commissions'') jointly conduct a study to determine whether stable value contracts (``SVCs'') fall within the definition of a swap. Section 719(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act also requires that the Commissions, in making that determination, jointly consult with the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury, and the State entities that regulate the issuers of SVCs. Further, Section 719(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act provides that if the Commissions determine that SVCs fall within the definition of a swap, they jointly shall determine if an exemption for SVCs from the definition of a swap is appropriate and in the public interest. In connection with this study, the Commissions' staffs seek responses of interested parties to the questions set forth below.
Whistleblower Incentives and Protection
Document Number: 2011-20423
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission is adopting Final Rules and new forms to implement Section 23 of the Commodity Exchange Act (``CEA'' or ``Act'') entitled ``Commodity Whistleblower Incentives and Protection.'' The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted on July 21, 2010 (``Dodd-Frank Act''), established a whistleblower program that requires the Commission to pay an award, under regulations prescribed by the Commission and subject to certain limitations, to eligible whistleblowers who voluntarily provide the Commission with original information about a violation of the CEA that leads to the successful enforcement of a covered judicial or administrative action, or a related action. The Dodd-Frank Act also prohibits retaliation by employers against individuals who provide the Commission with information about possible CEA violations.
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