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Confidentiality in ADR

Administrative Dispute Resolution Act and Confidentiality

The Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996 (ADRA) encourages and supports the use of ADR within the federal government. The provisions of ADRA establish requirements regarding confidentiality of communication during ADR processes involving federal agencies
(5 U.S.C. § 574). It is essential that neutrals and parties be informed of the confidentiality protections available under ADRA and of the limitations to that protection.

Guidance and Training on Confidentiality


Below is guidance on this topic as well as on-line training available to Department of Veterans Affairs’ employees.

Protecting the Confidentiality of Dispute Resolution Proceedings: A Guide for Federal Workplace ADR Program Administrators.

On-Line Training for Department of Veterans Affairs employees only through VA Learning On-Line at