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Government & ADR Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 12:00pm


How Does the US Government Executive Branch Use ADR?

The use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) by the executive branch of the federal government to resolve disputes with or among private actors has deep historical roots. Much less is known, however, about the scope and reach of ADR in the execution of government programs entrusted to agencies by Congress, including regulatory enforcement, adjudication of claims, and administering benefits or reimbursing services such as provider fees.

The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) has taken a deep dive into the Executive Branch’s Use of ADR, with an extensive report that was issued in December 2021. This report studies how federal agencies use and might better use different types of ADR —including mediation, conciliation, facilitation, factfinding, minitrials, arbitration, and the use of ombuds—in the programs Congress has entrusted them to administer. It also addresses the use of ADR to resolve disputes before the initiation of a formal agency adjudicative proceeding or litigation involving the agency’s enforcement authority.

Please join us on April 19th for CPR’s Government & ADR Task Force Meeting.


Join CPR’s Government & ADR Task Force Co-Chair, Pete Swanson, Chief Practitioner, Office of Conflict Management and Prevention, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), and Jeremy Graboyes, Director of Public and Interagency Programs, ACUS, as we delve into the history of ACUS, and the good work it is doing aimed at promoting the increased and thoughtful use of ADR methods by federal agencies. Pete and Jeremy will also be joined by Professor Kristen M. Blankley and Judith Starr (Mediator), co-authors of the Consultant Report titled Alternative Dispute Resolution in Agency Administrative Programs with the Administrative Conference of the United States.


Open to the public.