Commodity regulator has issued ethic guidance for the employees regarding their participation in trading virtual currency. The guidance states that as long as the purchase is not on margin, not based on any inside information and not investing in Bitcoin futures the workers are free to trade. The total number of those of the staff who holds any cryptocurrency asset is unknown, but the office received numerous inquiries about the regulator's approval on such actions. Another reason that the agency doesn't want its personnel currently involved in any sort of investigation or regulation process to invest into those cryptocurrencies.
The chairman has made it clear that staff members who own Bitcoin should not participate in matters related to Bitcoin, as it presents a conflict of interest.
Spokeswoman for CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo
The commission treats digital currency as a commodity and thus it can be traded like any other traditional commodity. Another US commission - SEC, also allows its employees to trade cryptocurrency, also has guidelines for investments. But due to the nature of regulating, those guidelines concern only the participation in ICOs. This CFTC's step is along the line of its policy of integrating foresight into the crypto domain: late last year the regulator allowed 2 major US-based exchanges to trade Bitcoin futures, and in early February 2018 US Senate greenlit cryptocurrencies.