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
November 18, 2013
The USTP is pleased to announce that Tracy Hope Davis has been appointed as the U.S. Trustee for Northern and Eastern California and Nevada (Region 17) effective November 27, 2013. She will replace Acting U.S. Trustee August B. Landis, who will be sworn in as a bankruptcy judge for the District of Nevada on that date. Ms. Davis currently serves as the U.S. Trustee for New York, Connecticut, and Vermont (Region 2).
With Ms. Davis’ move to Region 17, the USTP also announces that William K. Harrington, the U.S. Trustee for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island (Region 1), will assume responsibility as the U.S. Trustee for Region 2.
July 15, 2013
The USTP today announced the unsealing 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. An independent auditor is reviewing the accuracy of the correction process.
June 11, 2013
The USTP has issued the final fee guidelines that apply to its review of applications for fees and expenses filed by attorneys in the largest chapter 11 cases. The guidelines, to be published in the Federal Register, will enhance disclosure and transparency in the compensation process and help ensure that attorneys’ fees and expenses satisfy the statutory standard.
June 5, 2013
The USTP’s first nationwide settlement, reached with Capital One Bank (USA) N.A. in 2008, has successfully concluded. The independent auditor appointed under the settlement filed her final report today confirming that Capital One has refunded approximately $2.35 million it received after filing erroneous claims in bankruptcy cases for debt that had previously been discharged, as well as approximately $30,000 in fees and expenses incurred by consumers and bankruptcy trustees who objected to erroneous claims. Compliance audits also showed that Capital One has corrected the flawed process that led to the filing of the erroneous claims.
Updated Census Bureau Data
October 30, 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 November 15, 2013.
Administrative Expense Multipliers & IRS Data Updated
April 15, 2013
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 U.S. Trustee Program will apply the updated data to all cases filed on or after May 1, 2013.
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.