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
March 19, 2013
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 individual chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases designated for audit in Fiscal Year 2012.
February 15, 2013
The U.S. Trustee Program has filed in bankruptcy court a national settlement with a law firm to resolve allegations that the firm failed to make accurate and complete disclosures in a bankruptcy case, including filing inaccurate documents about its retention as chapter 11 debtor’s counsel. If approved, the settlement will mark the first time the USTP has obtained relief that includes an independent expert’s review of a law firm’s practices.
February 15, 2013
The U.S. Trustee Program has filed in bankruptcy court a national settlement with a financial adviser to resolve allegations that the professional firm failed to make accurate and complete disclosures to support the bankruptcy court’s approval of its employment in a bankruptcy case. If approved, the settlement will mark the first time the USTP has obtained relief that includes an independent monitor’s review of a professional firm.
April 4, 2013
Rules concerning the application procedures and criteria governing approval of credit counseling agencies and debtor education providers were published in the Federal Register on March 14. These rules are effective thirty days from the date of publication and will supersede the regulations currently in effect at 28 C.F.R. §§ 58.15 – 58.17, 58.25 – 58.27.
Notice Regarding Debtor Audits
March 20, 2013
As authorized in Section 603(a) of Public Law 109-8, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA), the United States Trustee Program (USTP) established procedures for independent audit firms to audit petitions, schedules, and other information in consumer bankruptcy cases. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 586(f), the USTP contracted with independent accounting firms to perform audits in cases designated by the USTP.
Due to budgetary constraints, the USTP has indefinitely suspended its designation of cases subject to audit and has notified the independent accounting firms performing the audits.
Pursuant to Section 603(a) of BAPCPA and 28 U.S.C. § 586(a)(6), after the conclusion of the fiscal year the USTP will make public information concerning the aggregate results of the debtor audits performed during fiscal year 2013.
Updated Census Bureau Data
March 15, 2013
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 April 1, 2013.
Proposed Fee Guidelines Updated
November 2, 2012
Following two public comment periods and a public meeting, the USTP has issued an updated version of its proposed fee guidelines which will apply to the USTP’s review of applications for compensation filed by attorneys in the largest chapter 11 cases (“updated proposed guidelines”). The USTP invites public review of and comment on the updated proposed guidelines through November 23, 2012, and thereafter will promulgate final guidelines, including through publication in the Federal Register.