The Federal Executive Board of Minnesota’s Mediation Program is a free service available to Federal Agencies. Our mediation services are provided by trained mediators from various federal agencies within Minnesota.
Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party that has no authority to decide the issue or impose a resolution assists the parties in exploring a mutually-satisfactory resolution of the issues in dispute. At all times the decision to settle or impasse the dispute is solely within the hands of the parties. The mediator does not decide the dispute and has no authority to force either party to resolve the dispute. The role of the mediator is to help the parties understand each other’s positions, interests and perspectives and assist the parties in deciding whether the dispute can be resolved. The mediator also encourages mutual respect between the parties and takes the steps necessary to prevent any abuse of the mediation process. The impartial mediators for this program are trained and experienced in alternative dispute resolution. Under the program, the parties pay no fees to participate in the mediation conference.
From the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service: The Shared Neutrals program (SN) allows agencies to receive mediation at no charge for disputes occurring in their agencies. SN uses a pool of trained collateral duty federal employees who provide mediation services to agencies other than their own in exchange for the same services to their agency. Providing mediators across agency lines supports fundamental mediation principles such as neutrality and confidentiality because the mediators are outsiders to the agencies where they are mediating.