Mediation (Recommendations)

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The complexity of government regulation has increased greatly compared to that which existed when the Administrative Procedure Act was enacted, and this complexity has been accompanied by a formalization of the rulemaking process beyond the brief, expeditious notice and comment procedures envisioned by section 553 of the APA. Procedures in addition...

Federal agencies now decide hundreds of thousands of cases annuallyfar more than do federal courts. The formality, costs and delays incurred in administrative proceedings have steadily increased, and in some cases now approach those of courts. Many agencies act pursuant to procedures that waste...

The Administrative Conference has repeatedly encouraged agencies to take advantage of mediation, negotiation, minitrials, binding arbitration and other alternative means of dispute resolution (“ADR”).1 While some agencies have begun to employ these methods to reduce...

The Administrative Conference has recommended that agencies employ alternative means of dispute resolution (ADR) in Federal programs.1 ADR techniques for rulemaking include structured negotiation and mediation; for adjudication, they also include arbitration, factfinding...

Despite the efforts of the agencies charged with enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there are substantial backlogs of cases at the investigation stage at many agencies, creating unusually lengthy delays in enforcement. Because of enforcement delays, many individuals are not obtaining needed relief in a timely manner and respondents...

The Farmers Home Administration (“FmHA”) is charged with serving as a temporary source of supervised credit and technical support to help rural Americans improve their farming enterprises, housing conditions, and other business endeavors until they are able to qualify for private sector resources. During the 1980s, an economic downtown seriously...

An increasing number of problems in the management of government contracts are now referred to lawyers, accountants, and judges for resolution. This accelerating trend has tended to deemphasize the responsibility of the agency contracting officers, who (in most agencies) have traditionally played a key role in the procurement process, including...

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