Attorney General Eric Holder will not replace the Bush administration holdover who heads the Justice Department U.S. Trustee Program, according to his written responses to senators’ questions for the record released Monday. The questions had been posed in conjunction with a Nov. 18, 2009, appearance by Holder before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Director Clifford J. White III will continue to lead the U.S. Trustee Program, which handles bankruptcy cases, Holder said in a response to a query from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) The Democratic senator said in his question that he was worried that the Attorney General hadn’t named someone to the post, which is traditionally filled by a political appointee who is picked by the Attorney General.
Holder touted White’s three decades of service in the federal government and almost 20 years in the U.S. Trustee Program. White spent time working in the program’s field offices and as deputy director before becoming director.
“He is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, and we have every confidence in his leadership,” Holder wrote.