Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution/
Shared Neutrals Program
- The FEB Interagency "Shared Neutrals", Program provides mediation service as an alternative to resolve workplace disputes in federal agencies.
- The combined resources of the Dallas-Fort Worth federal community are shared to provide Interagency Mediators for this program.;
- The FEB Cadre includes seventy-nine mediators from thirty-six federal agencies with oversight and management from the FEB Interagency ADR Committee.;
- This multi-agency membership ensures that mediators may be assigned to agencies other than their own to emphasize the mediator's neutrality.
- The goal of the program is to resolve workplace disputes as early as possible.; Early resolution will result in improved communication within the workforce; a productive work environment and reduced cost and time involved with formal dispute processes.
- Mediation is the most popular form of ADR currently being used in the Federal sector and is considered an effective means to resolve disagreements and avoid litigation.; It is an informal, confidential process that uses trained neutrals to help people resolve disputes in a way that is acceptable to both sides.
ADVANTAGES OF MEDIATION
- VOLUNTARY - Only the parties involved can decide they want to participate in mediation.
- CONFIDENTIAL - All parties sign an agreement of confidentiality at the beginning of the process.
- FAIR AND IMPARTIAL - Only the parties can decide the terms of any settlement agreement, NOT the mediator. Each party has an equal say in the mediation.
- A WAY TO SAVE TIME MONEY - Most mediations are completed in one meeting
HOW TO REQUEST MEDIATORS
- Federal offices may request mediator services by completing an Intake Form and submitting it to the FEB Office.
- Forms should be submitted electronically to FEBDFW@gsa.gov.
- Your agency liaison or ADR Coordinator will receive communication within one business day of the Case number and status. Communications will continue until mediation is complete.
- Our Cadre of neutrals are well-trained and highly skilled to provide reliable mediation service.
- Mediator Checklist
- Opening Statement
- Mediator Disposition
- Participant Evaluation
- Agreement to Mediate
- Telephonic Mediation Agreement
- Settlement Agreement
- New Mediator Evaluation