Conflict Management & Prevention

Alternative Dispute Resolution for Government

The Administrative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Act of 1996 calls upon the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), an independent U.S. government agency, to help other federal, state, and local agencies resolve disputes arising under their jurisdictions. To this end, FMCS provides sister agencies with a wide variety of professional services such as mediating disputes, designing and building capacity for effective conflict management systems, and developing tools for interagency and public-private cooperation and collaboration. In delivering these services, FMCS draws on more than 65 years of experience in conflict management and alternative dispute resolution, including negotiations, mediation, convening, facilitation, training, and systems design.