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§ 575. Authorization of arbitration
- (1) Arbitration may be used as an alternative means of dispute
resolution whenever all parties consent. Consent may be obtained either before
or after an issue in controversy has arisen. A party may agree to -
- (A) submit only certain issues in controversy to arbitration; or
- (B) arbitration on the condition that the award must be within a range
of possible outcomes.
- (2) Any arbitration agreement that sets forth the subject matter
submitted to the arbitrator shall be in writing.
- (3) An agency may not require any person to consent to arbitration as a
condition of entering into a contract or obtaining a benefit.
- (b) An officer or employee of an agency may offer to use arbitration for
the resolution of issues in controversy, if such officer or employee -
- (1) has authority to enter into a settlement concerning the matter; or
- (2) is otherwise specifically authorized by the agency to consent to the
use of arbitration.