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

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<div>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.</div>
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.

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