FAQ > Alternative Dispute Resolution Q&A > Is there legal authority to use ADR?

In 1990, Congress passed the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act, which was permanently reauthorized in 1996. This law requires all Federal Agencies to promote and foster greater use of ADR in all of its activities. Since that time, there have been numerous Executive Orders, a Memorandum from the White House, another ADR Act in 1998 aimed specifically at Agency counsel, and Memoranda from the Justice Department requiring greater use of ADR.