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Alternative Dispute Resolution: Policy & Guidance Alternative Dispute Resolution: Policy & Guidance

Alternative Dispute Resolution includes any procedures in which parties agree to use a third-party neutral to resolve issues in controversy, including but not limited to, facilitation, mediation, factfinding, minitrials, arbitration or use of ombuds, or any combination thereof.
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tabContract Disputes 
tabWorkplace Disputes 

AFI 51-1201, ADR in Workplace Disputes (17 March 2014). Implements Air Force ADR policy in workplace disputes.  

Voluntary Mediator Certification Program (Revision February 6, 2012). Newly revised guidelines for voluntary certification of Air Force collateral duty mediators.

Air Force Mediation Compendium (4th Ed., 2012). The primary Air Force Guidance Document for conducting and managing mediation in Air Force workplace disputes.

Guidance for Mediators on Union Participation in EEO Mediations (March 3, 2003).  SAF/GCR guidance to mediators on the effect of the court of appeals decision in AFGE v. Dover AFB (D.C. Cir 2003) regarding union participation rights in EEO mediations.

tabLaws, Regulations and Rules 


Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996
Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 1998


Federal Acquisition Regulations, 48 Code of Federal Regulations Part 33 (48 C.F.R. Part 33), Protests, Disputes, and Appeals 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEO Complaint Processing Regulations, 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1614 (29 C.F.R. Part 1614) 

Department of Defense Directive 5145.5, Alternative Dispute Resolution (April, 1996)


U.S. Court of Federal Claims Notice of ADR Referral Program  (Link to U.S. Court of Federal Claims)

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