The DOE Mediation Program began in 1995. We believe that most workplace conflicts are based on miscommunication, and that it is best to resolve them as early as possible before they enter a formal and adversarial process. We encourage referrals of conflicts at as early a stage as possible, believing that this offers the best opportunity for a lasting resolution.
Depending on the availability and the nature of the dispute, the program uses in-house mediators, mediators from other federal agencies or professional mediators under contract with the Department of Energy. Parties to the mediation must voluntarily agree to participate in mediation, and may bring with them a family member, union representative, or attorney. Mediations are confidential, and information is shared only with those within the agency with a need to know in order to implement or approve a settlement agreement.
After mediation, you may be sent an electronic confidential survey to complete as part of our efforts to ensure we continually improve and meet the needs of our constituents. If you are considering, or want to engage in, mediation to resolve a workplace issue at DOE or simply want to learn more about our mediation program, please dont hesitate to call us at 202-586-4002.