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SEC’s whistleblower office chief to step down

Jane Norberg has served at the office since 2012, first as deputy chief and then as chief since 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that Jane Norberg, chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, is to leave her role this month.

Norberg has served at the office since 2012, first as deputy chief and then as chief since 2016.

During her time at the agency, Norberg has streamlined the awards review and adjudication process, managed an expansion of its staff, and overseen growth in the number of awards issued to whistleblowers. 

Allison Herren Lee, acting chair at the SEC, said: “Throughout her time in the Office of the Whistleblower, Jane has demonstrated unwavering dedication to our whistleblower program.

“As head of that office, Jane’s commitment, talent, and laser focus on the interests of whistleblowers made her an invaluable member of our team.”

She added that although Norberg will be “sorely missed”, she has left a legacy of “year after year of record setting numbers of awards and levels of payouts” at the program.

Prior to joining the organization, Norberg acted as both an attorney in private practice and a special agent for the US Secret Service.

She said: “It has been a privilege to work side by side with the extraordinary and dedicated professionals at the commission.

“Their dedication to the mission of the office is evident in the record-breaking numbers of awards the team has produced even under the burdens of the current pandemic. Being part of such a pivotal program has been an extraordinary honor.”

Emily Pasquinelli, the whistleblower office’s deputy chief, will serve as acting chief following the departure.

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