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2002 CADR Memo



Memorandum from Deputy Assistant Secretary - Human Resources and Workforce Diversity
Regarding Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution


Memorandum

To: Bureau/Office Directors
   
From: J. Michael Trujillo
  Deputy Assistant Secretary - Human Resources and Workforce Diversity
   
Subject: New Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution

The U.S. Department of the Interior is taking steps to ensure that employee concerns are addressed in a timely, confidential, consistent and equitable manner.

Secretary Norton recently established the Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR), responsible for the centralized coordination of all workplace, procurement, regulatory and programmatic dispute resolution. Essentially, this office is being created in the spirit of the Secretary's 4 C's and will foster an environment where communication, cooperation and consultation will produce equitable and durable solutions in a timely manner and strengthen working relationships.

Elena Gonzalez, the Department's Dispute Resolution Specialist, will serve as the Director of the CADR office. The CADR office reports to Scott Cameron, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance and Management.

The CADR office will work with all of us to develop and coordinate the implementation of the Department's policy on the appropriate and effective use of alternative dispute resolution processes to address workplace concerns at the earliest opportunity and to resolve them at the lowest possible level.

Centralized coordination of this effort will allow the Department to identify one primary source of dispute resolution information and assistance, establish consistent standards and quality assurance throughout the Department, improve administrative efficiency and maximize the use of existing resources.

Existing ADR programs known as "CORE" and "EEO PLUS" are being integrated into one comprehensive conflict management system designed to provide appropriate options to all employees, supervisors and managers for the constructive resolution of all types of workplace problems and concerns.

Please share this memorandum within your organization and do not hesitate to contact the CADR Office, at [202-327-5383], if you or someone on your staff needs information or assistance.