News Releases, Media Advisories
|For Immediate Release
October 3, 2002
|COMMISSIONS PILOT ADR PROGRAM MADE PERMANENT|
|WASHINGTON The Federal Election Commissions Alternative
Dispute Resolution Program, launched as a pilot project on October 1, 2000, has been
approved by Commissioners as a permanent program at the FEC.
The voluntary ADR Program seeks to expedite resolution of some enforcement matters, reduce the cost of processing complaints, and enhance overall compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and FEC regulations.
Bilateral negotiations through ADR are oriented toward reaching an expeditious resolution with a mutually agreeable settlement that is both satisfying to the respondent(s) and in compliance with the FECA. Resolutions reached through direct and, when necessary, mediated negotiations are submitted to the Commissioners for final approval. If a resolution is not reached in bilateral negotiation, the case proceeds by mutual agreement to mediation.
The initial year of the ADR Program (Oct. 1, 2000 through Sept. 30, 2001) was evaluated by ADR Vantage, Inc., a national conflict management and resolution firm. During the Programs first year, the ADR Office processed 61 cases, of which 47 were concluded with negotiated agreements. The independent evaluation interviewed respondents and members of the election bar and concluded that 90 percent of respondents believed they saved time and money using the ADR Program.
The study was authorized by the Commission to assist it in evaluating the Program and determining if it should be made a permanent office. Some of the studys general observations included:
FEC Chairman David Mason said of the ADR Program:
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