Welcome to the Second Edition of the Electronic Guide to Federal Procurement Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
In 1999, the Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group‘s Contracts and Procurement Section published the first edition of this guide. Brigadier General Frank J. Anderson, USAF, then the Chair of the section, observed that ADR “is quickly and quietly gaining momentum as the conflict management tool of choice for resolving contractual disagreements.” The momentum continued to build through the years. Today, as the 34 chapters of this revision show, ADR is firmly embedded as a normal part of protest and dispute resolution processes for federal procurement matters. It is part of the acquisition policies at nearly every agency, and is incorporated into the rules or regulations governing the practice before protest and dispute forums. Many agencies also have standing programs to encourage and facilitate using ADR at the lowest possible level of conflict.
This guide is designed to help the public and Government employees quickly access procurement ADR information. It includes:
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