A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
From: Carolyn M. Burrell, Assistant Director, Complaints Processing and Adjudication
Subject: Alternative Dispute Resolution - Monthly Reporting Forms
This Directive is to provide you with a standard format for your use in reporting Bureau/Office activities relative to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In order to evaluate the overall effectiveness and success of ADR, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires that we report, annually, on our progress with implementation of ADR programs. This office also reviews activities of Bureaus to determine how often ADR is utilized and to try and determine its effectiveness in resolving disputes. Toward this end, we are monitoring the training and education of employees on the program, the types of issues being taken to ADR, the profile of employees participating in ADR, and money expended both in training and in settlement activities.
Up to this point, we have received very few voluntary reports from Bureaus/Offices and there has been little consistency in the reporting of ADR activities. Therefore, for your convenience, we have developed the attached forms to report ADR activities during both the informal (pre-complaint) and formal stages. Please feel free to reproduce this report as necessary. We are requesting that you use this reporting format only when providing information to this office on ADR activities. The report should be attached to your monthly complaints status report when it is sent to our office. For the convenience of those Bureaus that submit their monthly complaints status reports electronically, the reporting format is also being provided via electronic transmission.
As a point of clarification, any ADR activity that is engaged in during the EEO Counseling stage, or after initial counselor contact, is to be reported on the Informal reporting form. Any ADR activity that is engaged in after the filing of a formal (written) complaint and prior to a complainant's election for final decision are to be reported on the Formal reporting form. We are not using this report for ADR activities engaged in as a result of settlement negotiations for cases pending before an EEOC administrative judge. A key to the ADR report is provided that defines terms used in the categories and provides instructions on how to complete each category.
You should begin submitting this report effective with submission of your monthly complaints status report for the month ending June 30, 2001. We are further requesting that your first report cover the time period commencing October 1, 2000 and ending June 30, 2001. All reports, thereafter, should only reflect ADR activities for the month being reported on. Finally, two ADR reports (one for informal activity and one for formal activity) should be submitted each month even if there has been no activity.
For your assistance, we are also providing you with a sample report (completed). Please share this information with your field organizational units.
Attachments - Reporting Format
Key to ADR Report
(Call 202-208-4015 for attachments)
DISTRIBUTION: Bureau and Office Equal Opportunity Managers
INQUIRIES: Carolyn M. Burrell, Assistant Director, Complaints Processing and Adjudication, (202) 208-4015