Section 571 of former Title 5, Executive Departments and Government Officers and Employees, was transferred to section 2256 of Title 7, Agriculture.
1996—Par. (3). Pub. L. 104–320, § 2(1), struck out “, in lieu of an adjudication as defined in section 551(7) of this title,” after “any procedure that is used”, struck out “settlement negotiations,” after “but not limited to,” and substituted “arbitration, and use of ombuds” for “and arbitration”.
Par. (8). Pub. L. 104–320, § 2(2), substituted “decision;” for “decision,” at end of subpar. (B), and struck out closing provisions which read as follows: “except that such term shall not include any matter specified under section 2302 or 7121(c) of this title;”.
1992—Pub. L. 102–354, § 3(b)(2), renumbered section 581 of this title as this section.
Par. (3). Pub. L. 102–354, § 5(b)(1), inserted comma after “including”.
Par. (8). Pub. L. 102–354, § 5(b)(2), amended par. (8) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (8) read as follows: “ ‘issue in controversy’ means an issue which is material to a decision concerning an administrative program of an agency, and with which there is disagreement between the agency and persons who would be substantially affected by the decision but shall not extend to matters specified under the provisions of sections 2302 and 7121(c) of title 5;”.
Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Termination Date; Savings Provision
Pub. L. 101–552, § 11, Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2747, as amended by Pub. L. 104–106, div. D, title XLIII, § 4321(i)(5), Feb. 10, 1996, 110 Stat. 676, which provided that the authority of agencies to use dispute resolution proceedings under this Act [see Short Title note below] was to terminate on Oct. 1, 1995, except with respect to pending proceedings, was repealed by Pub. L. 104–320, § 9, Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3872.
Short Title of 1996 Amendment
Pub. L. 104–320, § 1, Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3870, provided that:
“This Act [enacting sections 570a
of this title, amending this section, sections 569
, and 583
of this title, section 2304 of Title 10
, Armed Forces, section 1491 of Title 28
, Crimes and Criminal Procedure, section 173 of Title 29
, Labor, section 3556 of Title 31
, Money and Finance, and sections 253 and 605 of Title 41, Public Contracts, repealing section 582 of this title
, enacting provisions set out as notes under section 563 of this title
, section 1491 of Title 28
, and section 3556 of Title 31
, amending provisions set out as notes under this section, and repealing provisions set out as notes under this section and section 561 of this title
] may be cited as the ‘Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996
Pub. L. 101–552, § 1, Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2736, provided that:
“This Act [enacting this subchapter, amending section 556 of this title
, section 10 of Title 9
, Arbitration, section 2672 of Title 28
, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure, section 173 of Title 29
, Labor, section 3711 of Title 31
, Money and Finance, and sections 605 and 607 of Title 41, Public Contracts, and enacting provisions set out as notes under this section] may be cited as the ‘Administrative Dispute Resolution Act
Pub. L. 101–552, § 2, Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2736, provided that:
“The Congress finds that—
administrative procedure, as embodied in chapter 5 of title 5
, United States Code, and other statutes, is intended to offer a prompt, expert, and inexpensive means of resolving disputes as an alternative to litigation in the Federal courts;
administrative proceedings have become increasingly formal, costly, and lengthy resulting in unnecessary expenditures of time and in a decreased likelihood of achieving consensual resolution of disputes;
alternative means of dispute resolution
have been used in the private sector for many years and, in appropriate circumstances, have yielded decisions that are faster, less expensive, and less contentious;
such alternative means can lead to more creative, efficient, and sensible outcomes;
explicit authorization of the use of well-tested dispute resolution techniques will eliminate ambiguity of agency
authority under existing law;
Federal agencies may not only receive the benefit of techniques that were developed in the private sector, but may also take the lead in the further development and refinement of such techniques; and
the availability of a wide range of dispute resolution procedures, and an increased understanding of the most effective use of such procedures, will enhance the operation of the Government and better serve the public.”
Promotion of Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution
Pub. L. 101–552, § 3, Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2736, as amended by Pub. L. 104–320, § 4(a), Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3871, provided that:
“(a) Promulgation of Agency Policy.—Each agency shall adopt a policy that addresses the use of alternative means of dispute resolution and case management. In developing such a policy, each agency shall—
consult with the agency
designated by, or the interagency committee designated or established by, the President under section 573 of title 5
, United States Code, to facilitate and encourage agency
use of alternative dispute resolution
under subchapter IV of chapter 5 of such title; and
“(2) examine alternative means of resolving disputes in connection with—
formal and informal adjudications;
issuing and revoking licenses or permits;
litigation brought by or against the agency
“(b) Dispute Resolution Specialists.—The head of each agency shall designate a senior official to be the dispute resolution specialist of the agency. Such official shall be responsible for the implementation of—
the provisions of this Act [see Short Title note above] and the amendments made by this Act; and
policy developed under subsection (a).
shall provide for training on a regular basis for the dispute resolution specialist of the agency
and other employees involved in implementing the policy of the agency
developed under subsection (a). Such training should encompass the theory and practice of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or related techniques. The dispute resolution specialist shall periodically recommend to the agency
employees who would benefit from similar training.
“(d) Procedures for Grants and Contracts.—
shall review each of its standard agreements for contracts, grants, and other assistance and shall determine whether to amend any such standard agreements to authorize and encourage the use of alternative means of dispute resolution
Within 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act [Nov. 15, 1990], the Federal Acquisition Regulation shall be amended, as necessary, to carry out this Act [see Short Title note above] and the amendments made by this Act.
Use of Nonattorneys
Pub. L. 101–552, § 9, Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2747, provided that:
“(a) Representation of Parties.—Each agency, in developing a policy on the use of alternative means of dispute resolution under this Act [see Short Title note above], shall develop a policy with regard to the representation by persons other than attorneys of parties in alternative dispute resolution proceedings and shall identify any of its administrative programs with numerous claims or disputes before the agency and determine—
the extent to which individuals are represented or assisted by attorneys or by persons
who are not attorneys; and
whether the subject areas of the applicable proceedings or the procedures are so complex or specialized that only attorneys may adequately provide such representation or assistance.
“(b) Representation and Assistance by Nonattorneys.—A person who is not an attorney may provide representation or assistance to any individual in a claim or dispute with an agency, if—
determines that the proceeding or procedure does not necessitate representation or assistance by an attorney under subsection (a)(2); and
meets any requirement of the agency
to provide representation or assistance in such a claim or dispute.
“(c) Disqualification of Representation or Assistance.—Any agency that adopts regulations under subchapter IV of chapter 5 of title 5, United States Code, to permit representation or assistance by persons who are not attorneys shall review the rules of practice before such agency to—
ensure that any rules pertaining to disqualification of attorneys from practicing before the agency
shall also apply, as appropriate, to other persons
who provide representation or assistance; and
establish effective agency
procedures for enforcing such rules of practice and for receiving complaints from affected persons.
Pub. L. 101–552, § 10, Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2747, as amended by Pub. L. 102–354, § 5(b)(6), Aug. 26, 1992, 106 Stat. 946, provided that:
“As used in this Act [see Short Title note above], the terms ‘agency
’, ‘administrative program
’, and ‘alternative means of dispute resolution
’ have the meanings given such terms in section 571 of title 5
, United States Code (enacted as section 581 of title 5
, United States Code, by section 4(b) of this Act, and redesignated as section 571 of such title by section 3(b) of the Administrative Procedure Technical Amendments Act of 1991
[Pub. L. 102–354