U.S. Trustee Program

U.S. Trustee Program

U.S. Trustee Program

About the U.S. Trustee Program

The United States Trustee Program is the 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. We are a national program with broad administrative, regulatory, and litigation/enforcement authorities whose mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders–debtors, creditors, and the public. The USTP consists of an Executive Office in Washington, DC, and 21 regions with 90 field office locations nationwide.

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Important Notices

U.S. Trustee Program Publishes Guidelines for Enforcement Related to Bifurcated Chapter 7 Fee Agreements
June 10, 2022

The United States Trustee Program (USTP) has published enforcement guidelines for use by USTP personnel in evaluating chapter 7 bifurcated fee agreements and determining whether enforcement actions are appropriate. It is the USTP’s position that, absent contrary local authority, bifurcated fee agreements are permissible, provided they do not harm debtors or the integrity of the bankruptcy system. The guidelines generally provide that attorney’s fees under such agreements must be fair and reasonable and that attorneys must provide adequate disclosures to their clients and obtain their fully informed consent and must make adequate public disclosures.

 
Notice of Renewal of Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Application Forms, with public comment period open until May 25, 2022
May 6, 2022

 

 

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Articles and Speeches

June 10, 2022

Ramona D. Elliott, Acting Director, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees.

January 21, 2022

Clifford J. White III, Director, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees.

August 26, 2021

Clifford J. White III, Director, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees.

August 5, 2021

By Clifford J. White III, Director, EOUST; Walter W. Theus, Jr., Trial Attorney, EOUST; and Nan Roberts Eitel, Associate General Counsel for Chapter 11 Practice, EOUST. Published in ABI Journal (Vol. XL, No. 8, August 2021).

August 2, 2021

By Robert S. Gebhard, Assistant Director for Oversight, EOUST; and Nancy J. Gargula, U.S. Trustee, Regions 10 and 21. Reprinted with permission from American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal (Spring 2021).

July 7, 2021

Clifford J. White III, Director, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees.

General Information U.S. Trustee Program
Leadership 

Ramona D. Elliott
Acting Director

Contact 

Office of the Director
(202) 307-1391

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