2004-08-17 CADR Overview
The Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR) was established within the Department of the Interior (DOI) by Secretarial Order dated October 28, 2001. CADR reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance, Accountability, and Human Resources in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget.
CADR supports Secretary Norton's commitment to the 4 Cs: conservation through communication, cooperation and consultation. It promotes a culture and a climate throughout DOI where appropriate dispute resolution mechanisms and collaborative and consensus-building processes are used effectively to assess, prevent, manage and resolve conflicts in all areas of DOI's work. CADR works with all DOI bureaus and offices to develop, coordinate implementation, and ensure continuous improvement of a comprehensive Departmental policy on the appropriate and effective use of early cooperative efforts, consensus-building, and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes to assist DOI in accomplishing its missions. The goal of DOI's ADR policy is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of DOI's operations, enhance communication, and strengthen relationships within DOI and with all customers, constituents, private organizations and businesses, Federal, State, Tribal and local government entities, and local communities with which DOI interacts to accomplish its work.
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