R.P.M. (Reduced Paper Module)
The Reduced Paper Module ("RPM") is a modification to the CM/ECF source code that has been jointly developed by the Bankruptcy Courts in New York-Western and Delaware, as a solution to eliminate redundant paper notices sent by the Court through the BNC. Noticing costs to the judiciary are escalating and cost containment efforts to reduce these costs must be considered as we face unprecedented budgetary challenges. The RPM solution allows courts to (1) effectively respond to the requests by attorneys to eliminate the burden of redundant paper notices, and (2) participate in a significant cost saving by the Bankruptcy Courts nationally. If 40% of courts used RPM, total twelve month savings in BNC contract costs and postage expenses would total over $4 million. With 100% participation in RPM ,the savings would be over $10 million. In light of these benefits, coupled with the anticipated amendment of Bankruptcy Rule 9036, use of the RPM solution is a benefit to both the Bar and the Judiciary.
CM/ECF gives the Clerk's Office the ability to provide registered e-filers who are parties in a case with electronic notice through e-mail. With the RPM solution, the "Notice of the First Meeting of Creditors" will continue to be sent by the BNC through the mail, as well as by e-mail, as this notice provides parties with the debtor(s)' complete social security number. The additional redundant notice provided in paper through the Bankruptcy Noticing Center ("BNC") for all other notices would be eliminated.