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§ 17.51 

(e) Non-binding ADR techniques are 

not mutually exclusive, and may be 
used in combination if the parties 
agree that a combination is most ap-
propriate to the dispute. The tech-
niques to be employed must be deter-
mined in advance by the parties and 
shall be expressly described in their 
ADR agreement. The agreement may 
provide for the use of any fair and rea-
sonable ADR technique that is de-
signed to achieve a prompt resolution 
of the matter. An ADR agreement for 
non-binding ADR shall provide for a 
termination of ADR proceedings and 
the commencement of adjudication 
under the Adjudicative Process, upon 
the election of any party. Notwith-
standing such termination, the parties 
may still engage with the ODRA in 
ADR techniques (neutral evaluation 
and/or informal mediation) concur-
rently with adjudication. 

(f) Binding arbitration is available 

through the ODRA, subject to the pro-
visions of applicable law and the ODRA 
Binding Arbitration Guidance dated 
October 2001 as developed in consulta-
tion with the Department of Justice. 

(g) The parties may, where appro-

priate in a given case, submit to the 
ODRA a negotiated protective order for 
use in ADR in accordance with the re-
quirements of § 17.9. 

§ 17.39

Confidentiality of ADR. 

(a) The provisions of the Administra-

tive Dispute Resolution Act of 1996, 5 
U.S.C. 571, et seq., shall apply to ODRA 
ADR proceedings. 

(b) The ODRA looks to the principles 

of Rule 408 of the Federal Rules of Evi-
dence in deciding admissibility issues 
related to ADR communications. 

(c) ADR communications are not part 

of the administrative record unless 
otherwise agreed by the parties. 

Subpart E—Finality and Review 

§ 17.41

Final orders. 

All final FAA orders regarding pro-

tests or contract disputes under this 
part are to be issued by the FAA Ad-
ministrator or by a delegee of the Ad-
ministrator. 

§ 17.43

Judicial review. 

(a) A protester or contractor may 

seek review of a final FAA order, pur-
suant to 49 U.S.C. 46110, only after the 
administrative remedies of this part 
have been exhausted. 

(b) A copy of the petition for review 

shall be filed with the ODRA and the 
FAA Chief Counsel on the date that the 
petition for review is filed with the ap-
propriate circuit court of appeals. 

§ 17.45

Conforming amendments. 

The FAA shall amend pertinent pro-

visions of the AMS, standard contract 
forms and clauses, and any guidance to 
contracting officials, so as to conform 
to the provisions of this part. 

§ 17.47

Reconsideration. 

The ODRA will not entertain re-

quests for reconsideration as a routine 
matter, or where such requests evi-
dence mere disagreement with a deci-
sion or restatements of previous argu-
ments. A party seeking reconsideration 
must demonstrate either clear errors of 
fact or law in the underlying decision 
or previously unavailable evidence that 
warrants reversal or modification of 
the decision. In order to be considered, 
requests for reconsideration must be 
filed within ten (10) business days of 
the date of issuance of the public 
version of the subject decision or order. 

Subpart F—Other Matters 

§ 17.49

Sanctions. 

If any party or its representative 

fails to comply with an Order or Direc-
tive of the ODRA, the ODRA may enter 
such orders and take such other ac-
tions as it deems necessary and in the 
interest of justice. 

§ 17.51

Decorum and professional con-

duct. 

Legal representatives are expected to 

conduct themselves at all times in a 
civil and respectful manner appro-
priate to an administrative forum. Ad-
ditionally, counsel are expected to con-
duct themselves at all times in a pro-
fessional manner and in accordance 
with all applicable rules of professional 
conduct. 

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