President Clinton issued a 1998 order requiring that each federal agency develop a policy to promote greater use of ADR in administrative disputes. The Interagency Working Group was established as a resource for developing ADR programs and sharing information to support the use of ADR.

The ADR policies and programs of many of the federal agencies are listed here. We provide an index of federal agencies with links to learn more about each agency's ADR programs and policies.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Noon – 1:30pm EDT
What is ADR’s Crucial Role in Addressing Harassment in the Workplace?

Nearly half of all American workers have been affected by workplace bullying and harassment, either as a target or as a witness to abusive behavior against a co-worker. Unaddressed incivility and microaggressions, as well as unresolved conflicts involving bullying and harassment among co-workers, can have enormous costs to both the organization and its employees. ADR professionals are uniquely positioned to address matters involving workplace respect at the individual and systemic level. Come discover the various roles ADR can play in supporting a safe and respectful workplace.

Geetha Ravindra, JD

Watch videos of previous Interagency ADR Workplace Section Education Programs on the Department of Energy’s website.


What is the Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Working Group?

We are the central forum and resource for information about the federal government's use of ADR. We advance the use of ADR through:

  • Coordination of multi-agency initiatives
  • Promotion of best practices and programs
  • Dissemination of policy and guidance

Newsletters of the Interagency Working Group

Agency Statements in Support of ADR

Agency leadership has promoted ADR in achieving agency missions.

Statements of Support

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Office of Dispute Resolution
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 4529
Washington, DC 20530-0001

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