2005 Alternative Dispute Resolution Awards in Acquisition†
Traditional dispute resolution through formal administrative procedures and court litigation often imposes a “solution” handed down by a third party, typically after significant expenditures of time and resources. By contrast, ADR is often significantly less costly and time consuming, and can provide long-term solutions to conflicts between federal agencies and private sector contractors.
Outstanding ADR programs are designed to satisfy an organization’s needs and are administered in such a way as to optimize use of resources and to encourage use of ADR as a primary means for resolving disputes. They provide meaningful ADR awareness and skills training for personnel. Not only do such programs achieve significant positive results in terms of fair and expeditious dispute resolution, but they also include appropriate means for measuring and evaluating program effectiveness and success.
The OFPP awards for outstanding ADR programs in acquisition are intended to:
- Recognize federal and private sector organizations that are providing innovative and effective ADR programs to resolve disputes relating to federal acquisitions and contracts;
- Encourage the establishment and improvement of highly effective, voluntary ADR mechanisms throughout the Government and similar initiatives in private industry; and
- Publicize exemplary acquisition-related ADR programs to serve as models of “best ADR practices.”