As state and federal officials struggle to reach a global settlement with the largest mortgage servicers over problems in the foreclosure process, regulators have grown frustrated with the lack of leadership on their side, saying no one is making an effort to corral the multitude of agencies involved.

Some regulators have called on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to get more involved, but several sources said he has tried to distance himself from the process over concerns about some of the provisions being sought, such as principal writedowns, and a reluctance to interfere with an enforcement action.

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