In broadest terms, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) encompasses a range of non-binding and binding techniques used to voluntarily resolve issues in controversy. In recent years, ADR techniques have been used successfully by agencies throughout the federal government to resolve a wide variety of contractual, labor, regulatory and other disputes. In the procurement field, many contractors and agency procurement personnel recognize that ADR can be a valuable alternative to traditional, costly and time-consuming litigation.
Part I of this guide gives a broad overview of ADR in business and in the Federal Government. Chapter 01 opens with key terms and definitions of various ADR processes discussed throughout this guide. The guide then explores how private sector organizations view ADR (Ch.02, ADR in Business), as well as the many benefits of using ADR (Ch.03, ADR is Effective). For the lawyers in the reading audience, Chapter 04 explores the statutes, Executive Orders, regulations and policies that form the foundation for the widespread use of ADR for federal procurement matters.