Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is any technique for resolving disputes without resorting to litigation in either an administrative or judicial forum.
ADR techniques include:
- dispute systems design
- neutral evaluation
- peer review panels
Federal Agency ADR websites:
- DOE's Office of Civil Rights and Diversity
- DOE’s Office of the Ombudsman
- DOE’s Office of the Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman
- Department of Interior’s Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR)
- Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Mediation Program
- Department of Justice Policy on the use of ADR and Case Identification Criteria for ADR
- Department of the Air Force ADR
- Department of the Air Force Negotiation Center of Excellence (NCE)
- Department of the Navy ADR
- EEOC Federal Sector Alternative Dispute Resolution
- EEOC Laws, Regulations & Policy Guidance
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s ADR Office
- Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)
- Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS)
- Interagency ADR Working Group Report to the President (2000)
- Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group
- InteragencyReport to the President on ADR Use in the Executive Branch (2007)
- Office of Government Information Services– The Federal FOIA Ombudsman
- OPM Alternative Dispute Resolution - ADR Resource Guide and Recipients of 2002 OPM Director's Award for Outstanding ADR Programs
- Sharing Neutrals Program for Washington, DC-Baltimore Metropolitan area - is an Interagency Collaborative program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. The program is a pool of trained and experienced federal employees, who are qualified neutrals that are shared by Federal agencies and provide low cost, high quality mediation/facilitation services to Federal agencies.
- Sharing Neutrals Program outside the Washington, DC Metropolitan area - Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) - are smaller offices throughout the country with the ability to develop and maintain their own ADR programs to meet their particular needs. The Sharing Neutrals Program administered by HHS (above) has been a model for the sharing neutrals programs set up by the FEBs.
- U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (The Morris K. Udall Foundation)
- U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board Mediation Appeals Program
- U.S. Office of Special Counsel Mediation Program
- White House Presidential Memorandum, May 1998 - Designation of Interagency Committees to Facilitate and Encourage Agency Use of ADR and Negotiated Rulemaking
Binding Arbitration Guidance Issued for Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
- Attorney General's signed concurrence letter approved October 9, 2009
- BPA Guidance on the Use of Binding Arbitration for BPA Contracts datedOctober 9,2009
- Letter from Department of Justice to Secretary Chu dated October 22, 2009
- ADR Act of 1998, 28,U.S.C., Chapter 44, Sections 651-658, Public Law 105-315
- ADR Act of 1996, 5 U.S.C., Sections 571-584, Public Law 104-320
- ADR Policy
- ADR Revised Policy Statement
- ADR Terms
The Department of Energy does not guarantee the information or endorse products or services at the websites listed below.
Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) - is a professional organization that is dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.
Mediate.com - offers information and education to a worldwide public and professional community, as well as technology for dispute resolution professionals.
Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators - are intended to serve as a guide for the conduct of mediators, inform the mediating parties, and promote public confidence in mediation as a process for resolving disputes.
American Bar Association (Section of Dispute Resolution) - provides information on ABA ADR initiatives, including the Dispute Resolution Magazine and links to other ADR sites.