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.