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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

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FY2003 Budget Summary


UNITED STATES TRUSTEE SYSTEM FUND
(Dollars in thousands)

   PosFTEAmount
2001 Actuals
1,034
1,000
$126,485
2002 Enacted
1,198
1,099
147,000
  Increases (see p. 35)
...
91
14,169
2003 Current Services
1,198
1,190
161,169
  Program changes
...
...
...
  Program Improvements (detailed below)
21
11
6,341
2003 Request
1,219
1,201
167,510
  FRHB Costs
...
...
4,802
2003 Total Request
1,219
1201
172,312


2002 Appropriation2003 Current Services2003 RequestProgram Improvements
Comparison by activity and programPerm PosFTEAmountPerm PosFTEAmountPerm PosFTEAmountPerm PosFTEAmount
1. Administration of Cases.
1,131
1,040
$135,471
1,131
1,124
$148,286
1,152
1,135
$154,627
21
11
$6,341
2. Management and Administration
67
59
11,529
67
66
12,883
67
66
12,883
...
...
...
Total
1,198
1,099
$147,000
1,198
1,190
$161,169
1,219
1,201
$167,510
21
11
6,341
FRHB Costs
...
...
4,373
...
...
4,802
...
...
4,802
...
...
...
Grand Total
1,198
1,099
151,373
1,198
1,190
165,971
1,219
1,201
172312
21
11
6,341

Program Description
This mission of the United States Trustee Program is to protect and preserve the integrity of the bankruptcy system of the United States by regulating the conduct of parties, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and procedures, bringing civil actions to address instances of abuse, securing the just, speedy, and economical resolution of bankruptcy cases, and identifying, evaluating, referring and supporting the prosecution of criminal bankruptcy violations.


Program ImprovementsPerm PosFTEAmount
Debtor Audits
21
11
$5,841
An increase of 21 positions, 11 workyears, and $5,841,000 is requested to conduct debtor audits.  The Program plans to develop systems to more effectively uncover material misstatements in bankruptcy schedules and statements of financial affairs.  The project involves collecting data from court filings in order to select cases at random and to target other cases for audit.  Systems will be developed and contractors will be hired to perform the audits.  The 21 additional positions will provide financial analysts in field offices to oversee audits and analyze the data; and $4,416,000 will fund approximately 2,000 audits.
Debtor Education
...
...
500
An increase of $500,000 to fund a pilot program.  The program will  develop and publish a curriculum to provide personal financial management instructions to a sample group of bankruptcy debtors, and then evaluate the effectiveness of the program.  Evaluation will measure the short-term and long-term effectiveness of the curriculum and delivery methods in increasing personal financial skills and reducing the bankruptcy refiling rate.
Total Program Improvements, United States Trustees
21
11
6,341

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