Staff members from the office of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, one of several Democrats who are closely following the mishaps of the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR), are scheduled to meet with executives of Rust Consulting this week. Cummings and regulators are trying to figure out what exactly is going on with the firm, which has two decades of experience in managing financial settlements and claims.

Bank regulators keeping tally of checks cashed in the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) mailings put the running total at more than $2 billion as of Thursday, but that amount should have been higher if not for more fumbling by the paying agent, Rust Consulting. Now comes the sequel: delayed payments from the other agreement, the National Mortgage Settlement.

No one feels the pressure more than Smith and his oversight office as consumer advocates, housing counselors and lawmakers have relayed to him a litany of complaints about the lenders, one year after they settled charges of “robo-signing” and other wrongdoing and foul-ups in foreclosure cases nationwide.