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About the U.S. Trustee Program

The United States Trustee Program is a component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees under 28 U.S.C. §586 and 11 U.S.C. §101, et seq.

It consists of 21 regional U.S. Trustee Offices nationwide and an Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (EOUST) in Washington, DC.

This site contains information about the United States Trustee Program and the federal bankruptcy system.

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U.S. Trustee Program News
December 9, 2014

The USTP is pleased to announce that Andrew R. Vara and Daniel J. Casamatta have been appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as Acting U.S. Trustees for Region 3 (Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) and Region 13 (Arkansas, Missouri, and Nebraska), respectively, effective on January 1, 2015.

December 2, 2014

The USTP today announced the successful conclusion of a settlement with Citigroup Inc. that protects the personal information of nearly 150,000 consumers in 85 jurisdictions around the country. Citi agreed to redact proofs of claim filed in bankruptcy cases nationwide in which the personal information of consumer debtors and third parties, including Social Security numbers and birthdates, had not been properly redacted. Citi also agreed to notify affected consumers and offer them one year of free credit monitoring, and to change internal practices and procedures so the redaction error does not recur. An independent auditor has certified that Citi complied with the settlement and related corrective action plans, and instituted policies and procedures for future filings.

July 17, 2014

Director Cliff White addressed the 49th Annual Seminar of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees in Chicago, Illinois. His remarks focused on the Program's consumer protection efforts with respect to mortgage servicing and claims by unsecured creditors, efforts to combat debtor abuse, and support for a uniform chapter 13 repayment plan. He also announced updated chapter 13 trustee compensation effective October 1, 2014.

May 12, 2014

The USTP is pleased to announce that Patrick S. Layng and Samuel K. Crocker will serve as U.S. Trustees for Region 19 and Region 20, respectively, for interim periods. Mr. Layng is the U.S. Trustee for Region 11 (Northern Illinois and Wisconsin), and now will concurrently serve as U.S. Trustee for Region 19 (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming). Mr. Crocker is the U.S. Trustee for Region 8 (Kentucky and Tennessee), and now will concurrently serve as U.S. Trustee for Region 20 (Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico).

April 28, 2014

As required by section 1175 of Public Law 109-162, the U.S. Trustee Program has issued its annual Report to Congress on criminal referrals for Fiscal Year 2013. Among other things, the report details the number and types of criminal referrals made by the Program and the efforts taken by the Program to prevent bankruptcy fraud and abuse. To review the report, click here.

April 4, 2014

As required by section 603(a)(2)(D) of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, Public Law 109-8, the U.S. Trustee Program has issued its annual public report on debtor audits. The report provides the aggregate results of audits of individual chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases for Fiscal Year 2013. To review the report, click here.

Important Notices
November 10, 2014

The USTP has published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled Procedures for Completing Uniform Periodic Reports in Non-Small Business Cases Filed Under Chapter 11 of Title 11. The notice of proposed rulemaking may be viewed at The rule establishes a uniform monthly operating report and post-confirmation report that contains data elements authorized by Congress, such as length of time a case is pending, cash receipts and disbursements, whether tax returns have been timely filed, professional fees approved by the court, and recoveries of claim holders in aggregated amounts. Debtors in possession and trustees will be required to use the reports in all chapter 11 cases that are not small business cases. The proposed reports and instructions are not published in the Federal Register, but they may be found at Rules and Federal Register Notices. Comments to the proposed rule, forms and the instructions must be made on or before January 9, 2015, which is 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register, and should be submitted to

Updated Census Bureau Data
October 8, 2014

The Census Bureau’s Median Family Income Data accessible through the “Means Testing Information” page has been updated. The U.S. Trustee Program will apply the updated data to all cases filed on or after November 1, 2014.

Updated Administrative Expense Multipliers & IRS Data
April 15, 2014

The Administrative Expense Multipliers and IRS’s National Standards for Allowable Living Expenses and Local Standards for Transportation and Housing and Utilities Expenses accessible through the “Means Testing Information” page have been updated. The revised multipliers and standards will apply to cases filed on or after May 1, 2014.

Notice Regarding Debtor Audits
February 21, 2014

The United States Trustee Program (USTP) has established procedures for independent audit firms to audit petitions, schedules, and other information in consumer bankruptcy cases, as authorized by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 586(f), the USTP contracts with independent accounting firms to perform audits in designated cases.

Due to budgetary constraints, in March, 2013 the USTP suspended its designation of cases subject to audit. Effective March 10, 2014, the USTP will resume the designation of cases for audit.

U.S. Trustee Program

Clifford J. White III
Office of the Director
(202) 307-1391
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