CADR Overview



The Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR) was established by Secretarial Order, dated October 28, 2001, to report to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance, Accountability and Human Resources in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. The Department's Dispute Resolution Specialist is the Director of the office. 


DOI Bureaus and Offices work collaboratively to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict, promoting trust and sustainable decisions.


CADR leads the Department's conflict management and dispute resolution programs with integrity and expertise to support all DOI Bureaus and Offices. We work collaboratively with DOI employees and external stakeholders to: establish and implement Department-wide conflict management and collaboration policies and procedures; provide education, coaching and training; ensure timely access to expert impartial assistance through mediators and facilitators; and track and evaluate results for continuous improvements.


CADR embodies the following values individually, within and among the CADR team, and in our interactions with our clients and customers.

Transformational:  As a catalyst for change, we strive to be daring, creative, bold, thoughtful, and look holistically to question the status quo and/or current convention to create positive impact on the organization and individual.

Community Spirit:  We foster a sense of community spirit within CADR and build relationships with those we serve to create collaboration capable and conflict competent communities.

Hope:  We value patience, optimism, and seeing the worth in others to inspire and foster a sense of possibility and hope.

Integrity:  In our interactions with each other and with those we serve, we model the behavior and approach that we want others to emulate.

Service:  We serve to fulfill DOI Bureau and CADR missions at the highest/best value to the taxpayer through our leadership, teamwork, responsiveness, productivity and goal orientation.


To realize our vision and mission, we adhere to the following principles:

  1. Commitment to provide proactive, innovative, adaptive leadership seeking continuous improvement.
  2. Commitment to model collaborative, consensual approach to planning, problem-solving and decision-making.
  3. Commitment to promote effective coordination with clear, open, honest communication.
  4. Commitment to build trust and strong working relationships with employees and organizations throughout the Department and with external parties.
  5. Commitment to strive for excellence and to add value by our participation.
  6. Commitment to create awareness and understanding of our mission.
  7. An effective conflict management system is a shared responsibility and informed and engaged individuals are its foundation.

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