Alternative Dispute Resolution & International Programs
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.
Internationally, the FMCS, at the request of the U.S. Departments of State, Labor, and others, strives to build local capacity for effective industrial relations systems, including labor administration, inspection, collective bargaining, mediation, and dispute resolution. Additionally, the FMCS has also been asked to brief or train judges, mediators, and arbitrators on dispute resolution techniques, and has provided assistance in establishing mediation agencies. FMCS international program development, project management, and service delivery are provided by professional staff with significant international experience. In addition, the Agency draws on the expertise of a field staff of 165 full-time mediators to deliver the Agency’s international services. For more than two decades, FMCS has delivered training services in more than 50 nations and addressed a wide variety of instructional and development needs.