The Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution serves to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department's operations, enhance communication, and strengthen relationships within the Department and with all customers, constituents, private organizations and businesses, Federal, State, Tribal and local government entities, and local communities with which the Department interacts to accomplish its work. CADR is committed to building and modeling conflict management competencies and integrating the appropriate use of public participation, collaborative problem-solving and alternative dispute resolution processes in all areas of the Department's work.

Quotable Quotes

"We don"t see things as they are, we see things as we are."- Anais Nin

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Through training and processes such as:

  • Mediation
  • Facilitation
  • Consultation
  • Conflict and Executive Coaching
  • Negotiated Rulemakings
  • Climate Assessment
  • Ombuds
  • Conciliation

CADR provides a fair, impartial, and confidential resource to discuss your concerns and explore different options to help you anticipate and resolve conflicts and disputes, build stronger relationships and achieve more effective and lasting results.

About Our Website

This website serves as a basic resource to the public and Federal employees interested in the Department's efforts and policies related to alternative dispute resolution processes, conflict management systems, negotiated rulemaking, environmental conflict resolution (ECR) and public participation and engagement. For more information, please contact the CADR office. DOI employees are invited to access the CADR Sharepoint site ( for more information on CADR and CORE PLUS.