As discussed in the article below, federal employees now have access to mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will be working to identify federal sector EEO (discrimination, harassment, or retaliation) cases that would be good candidates for resolution. Those cases will be referred to FMCS for mediation.
This is good news for federal employees. Hopefully, it will help to resolve some of the backlogged cases before the EEOC and reduce the time period for a judge to be assigned to cases that cannot be resolved through mediation.