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U.S. Trustee Program FOIA & PA Contact:

Randi Meth, FOIA Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
United States Department of Justice
441 G Street, N.W., Suite 6150
Washington, D.C. 20530
USTP.FOIA.Requests@usdoj.gov

Carrie Weinfeld, Privacy Act Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
United States Department of Justice
441 G Street, N.W., Suite 6150
Washington, D.C. 20530
USTP.FOIA.Requests@usdoj.gov

Component Description:

The United States Trustee Program (USTP) consists of an Executive Office in Washington, D.C., and approximately 95 field offices in 21 Regions nationwide, covering all Federal judicial districts except Alabama and North Carolina (Note).

As noted in the agency mission statement, United States Trustees monitor and supervise private estate trustees, debtors-in-possession, and others to ensure that the interests of all parties in bankruptcy are protected (www.justice.gov/ust). United States Trustees are responsible for the effective administration of bankruptcy cases arising under chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the federal Bankruptcy Code and serve as "watch-dogs to prevent fraud, dishonesty and overreaching in the bankruptcy arena." See 28 U.S.C. 581-589a and 11 U.S.C. 101, et seq.

The Executive Office maintains certain administrative records and USTP regional and field offices maintain most case files. The Executive Office handles all requests made under the FOIA and/or the Privacy Act. Accordingly, all requests for USTP records, whether through FOIA or the Privacy Act, should be addressed to the Office of the General Counsel, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees, at the physical or email address listed above, and should identify a case name, particular judicial district, and/or specific USTP office(s) where responsive records may exist.

You need not place a FOIA request to obtain access to recorded bankruptcy meetings of creditors conducted under 11 U.S.C. § 341(a). To obtain these recordings, please contact the local United States Trustee office with oversight responsibility for the respective bankruptcy case in which the meeting was conducted. Contact information for all United States Trustee field offices may be accessed here.

DOJ FOIA Reference Guide: A comprehensive guide to FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the Department.

DOJ Privacy Act Reference: An outline of the Department’s procedures for permitting an individual access to, or amendment of, certain specific records.”

Special information required to make FOIA/PA requests

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Updated July 28, 2020

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