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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: October 4, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Department of Justice; Federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 4, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 193, page 59200

AGENCIES: Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Council

ACTION: Notice of Availability

SYNOPSIS: DOJ is soliciting comments on two documents designed to help federal agencies develop alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs: "Confidentiality in Federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs," and "Evaluation of Federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs." It is expected that final versions of these two documents will be published by the end of the year.

DATES: Comments must be submitted by November 1, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Jeffrey M. Senger, Deputy Senior Counsel for Dispute Resolution, United States Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 4328, Washington, DC 20530.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The government and the private sector have been using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques with increasing frequency in recent years because it is usually quicker, cheaper, and less adversarial than litigation. In ADR, parties meet with each other under the guidance of a neutral professional, and together they talk about the problems that led to the complaint and often find creative, effective solutions that are agreeable to all sides.

One of the provisions of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996 (ADRA) (Public Law 104-320) called for the establishment of an interagency committee to assist agencies in the use of ADR. The Federal ADR Steering Committee, a group of subject matter experts from federal agencies with active ADR programs, has prepared two draft documents intended to help agencies use ADR and to evaluate the effectiveness of agencies' ADR programs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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