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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.
tabAir Force Policy 
tabAcquisition and Contract Controversies 
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/GCD 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.

SAMPLE ADR AGREEMENTS (may not be current, but are provided as examples of ADR provisions in collective bargaining agreements): 

AFMC Master Labor Agreement with the American Federation of Government Employees, Council 214 

Sample Collective Bargaining Agreements from Across the Air Force (Various dates)
tabStatutes, Executive Orders, Regulations and Mandates 
A summary of the laws, regulations, and policies seeking to foster the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution 


Contract Disputes Act of 1978

Civil Rights Act of 1991 

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


Executive Order 13203 -- Revocation of Executive Order 12871 and Presidential Memorandum Concerning Labor-Management Partnerships (February 17, 2001)
Executive Order 12979 Agency Procurement Protests (October 26, 1995)
Executive Order 12988 Civil Justice Reform (February 1996) 

Presidential Memorandum on ADR (May, 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 Justice ADR Policy and ADR Case Selection Criteria (July 1996)

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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