This bill would modify the procedures for mediation and hearings, requiring that all mediators be appointed from a master list rather than considered from recommendations.
The master list would be comprised of people experienced in adjudicating, arbitrating, or mediating personnel. Eligible list candidates could be members of a state bar association (or the District of Columbia’s bar association), or retired judges of the U.S. court system.
Candidates would be placed on the master list by the Executive Director of the Office of Administrative Services following recommendations by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service or the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Confidentiality requirements in mediation sessions, among other related mandates would be clarified so that participants have a clearer picture of their obligations. Notification would be carried out by the Executive Director of the Office of Compliance.