What is the Shared Neutrals Program
Shared Neutrals is the Selective Service System’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program.
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
1. ADR is a way of resolving disputes in a consensual manner. By working with a neutral third-party, parties to a dispute are empowered to craft their own solution to their conflict. ADR is fully voluntary and the parties retain control over the process. The underlying principle of ADR is that parties forfeit no rights and lose no legal alternative otherwise available to them if they use ADR to resolve a dispute.
2. ADR is not a cure for all ills, but it is a powerful tool which can offer a fair and just means to resolve disputes, reduce costs, enhance performance, and, most importantly, foster a healthy and enjoyable workplace that will enable us to serve the public better.
3. ADR has been successfully applied throughout the Federal government in a wide array of dispute areas, including Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) actions, employment actions, performance matters, and other workplace issues.
4. Selective Service leadership wants all disputes resolved at the earliest opportunity and in the manner most conducive to fostering healthy continuing relationships in the workplace. It is their hope that Selective Service employees will actualize this objective by becoming familiar with ADR techniques and applying them as preferred dispute resolution practices.
Who in Selective Service can give me more information about Shared Neutrals?
- Dispute Resolution Specialist
- EEO Director
- EEO Intake Officer
Additional sources of information about ADR:
- The Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 1998, H.R. 3528 at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-105publ315/pdf/PLAW-105publ315.pdf
- Executive Order 12988, February 5, 1996 at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-1996-02-07/pdf/96-2755.pdf