U.S. Trustee Program

U.S. Trustee Program

U.S. Trustee Program
Celebrating 30 years of Protecting the Integrity of the Bankruptcy System

The United States Trustee Program was established by the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 as a pilot project in 18 judicial districts. Through the enactment of the Bankruptcy Judges, United States Trustees, and Family Farmer Bankruptcy Act of 1986, the Program expanded to 21 regions nationwide effective October 1988.

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 92 field office locations nationwide.

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Important Notices

Updated Census Bureau Median Family Income Data
October 15, 2018

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 1, 2018.

 
Temporary Waiver of Credit Counseling and Financial Education Requirements is Extended for Bankruptcy Filers in Areas Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria
October 5, 2018

The United States Trustee Program extended the temporary waiver of the federal statutory requirements for credit counseling and personal financial management education for consumer bankruptcy filers in the District of Puerto Rico and the District of the Virgin Islands due to the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Under the Bankruptcy Code, individual bankruptcy filers are required to receive credit counseling from an approved agency within 180 days before they file bankruptcy. In addition, in order to receive a bankruptcy discharge, individual bankruptcy filers must complete a course in personal financial management offered by an approved provider.

On September 28, 2017, the United States Trustee Program temporarily waived the credit counseling and financial education requirements for bankruptcy filers in the District of Puerto Rico and the District of the Virgin Islands after determining that approved agencies and providers were not reasonably able to provide adequate services. The Bankruptcy Code also requires United States Trustees to review waivers periodically, and based on that review, the temporary waiver has been extended. The United States Trustee will review this determination within the next year.

 
USTP Issues Report to Congress on Criminal Referrals for FY 2017
June 22, 2018

As required by section 1175 of Public Law 109-162, the U.S. Trustee Program has issued its annual Report to Congress on criminal referrals for Fiscal Year 2017. Among other things, the report details the number and types of criminal referrals made by the Program and the efforts taken by the Program to prevent bankruptcy fraud and abuse.

 
Updated Administrative Expense Multipliers & IRS Data
April 16, 2018

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 May 1, 2018.

 
USTP Issues Public Report on Debtor Audits for FY 2017
April 5, 2018

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 2017.

 
Amended Chapter 11 Quarterly Fee Schedule
December 11, 2017

Pursuant to the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017, (Pub L. No. 115-72), the chapter 11 quarterly fee schedule established by 28 U.S.C. § 1930(a)(6) is amended effective January 1, 2018. Please address any questions concerning this change to your local Office of the United States Trustee.

 
USTP Re-Issues Enforcement Guidelines for Bankruptcy Debtors Affected by Natural Disasters
September 14, 2017

In light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the USTP has re-issued its enforcement guidelines for bankruptcy debtors affected by natural disasters. These guidelines, which were first adopted in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, identify considerations that shall guide the Program’s activities in the handling of case administration and litigation in the event of a natural disaster.

 
General Information U.S. Trustee Program
Leadership 

Clifford J. White III
Director

Contact 

Office of the Director
(202) 307-1391

Fee Guidelines for Larger Chapter II Cases
Report Bankruptcy Fraud
Bankruptcy Information Sheet