WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- A lawyer at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission improperly disclosed the name of an informant in an FBI investigation, a report to Congress revealed.
The report by the SEC's inspector general said the lawyer also revealed to a witness in the investigation that the informant was secretly recording conversations for the government, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The lawyer in question worked in one of the SEC's regional offices and was given access to the informant's recordings on the condition that he would not disclose their existence or the informant's role, the report said.
An investigation of the matter was opened in October 2010 based on a complaint from the FBI.
The Inspector General's Office, headed by H. David Kotz, recommended disciplinary action against the lawyer in February.
As of March 31, the SEC had not taken action on the recommendation, the report said.
The lawyer has denied disclosing the information.