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
May 19, 2015
Director Cliff White testified today at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. His written statement to the Subcommittee discusses all facets of the Program’s operations, with a particular emphasis on efforts to protect consumer debtors from fraud and abuse and to enhance the accountability of management and professionals in chapter 11 business cases. To read his statement, click here.
March 10, 2015
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 2014. To review the report, click here.
March 3, 2015
The USTP announced today that it has entered into a national settlement agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Chase) requiring Chase to pay more than $50 million through cash payments, mortgage loan credits, and loan forgiveness to over 25,000 homeowners who are or were in bankruptcy. Chase will also change internal operations and submit to oversight by an independent compliance reviewer. Chase acknowledges that it filed more than 50,000 payment change notices that were improperly signed, under penalty of perjury, by persons who had not reviewed the accuracy of the notices. Chase also acknowledges that it did not file timely, accurate notices of mortgage payment changes and did not provide timely, accurate escrow statements. The proposed settlement is subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Updated Administrative Expense Multipliers & IRS Data
April 29, 2015
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 15, 2015.
Updated Census Bureau Data
March 12, 2015
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, 2015.