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Justice Department Announces Retirement of U.S. Trustee Program Director Cliff White

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

The Justice Department today announced the retirement of Clifford White, the Director of the Justice Department’s U.S. Trustee Program (USTP), which oversees the administration of bankruptcy cases, effective March 31, 2022.

“I want to express my appreciation to Cliff, not only for his 17 years of leadership of the U.S. Trustee Program, but also for 40 years of exceptional public service,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “During his long service as the head of USTP, Cliff oversaw the work of USTP’s 21 regions and 90 field offices to ensure the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”  

White is a career civil servant who has held numerous leadership positions within the government. He was twice recognized with Presidential Rank Awards — the highest recognition accorded to career officials — first by President George W. Bush and then by President Barack Obama.

Under White’s leadership, USTP successfully implemented many significant statutory changes; launched major enforcement initiatives to combat fraud and abuse; enforced compliance with bankruptcy laws; and, most recently, upheld the legal rights of victims of the opioid crisis in the Purdue Pharma case by challenging releases of liability that shield alleged wrong doers.

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Updated January 13, 2022

Office and Personnel Updates
Press Release Number: 22-31