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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 29, 1999



The President today announced his intent to appoint Marvin E. Johnson and John G. Wofford as members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel.

Mr. Marvin E. Johnson, a native of Rochester, New York, and a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, is a mediator and arbitrator for public and private disputes. He is the founder of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution at Bowie State University where he serves as an Associate Professor and Director. Mr. Johnson provides dispute resolution training and lectures extensively on conflict management. He is the author of many papers, including "Reinventing Government: The Development of a Model ADR Program." He is a member of the Industrial Relations Research Association, the Society of Federal Labor Relations Professionals, the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, the American Arbitration Association, the Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, and the International Academy of Mediators. He received a B.B.A. degree from Kent State University, a M.S. degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, and a J.D. degree from Catholic University.

Mr. John G. Wofford, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a solo practitioner of mediation and arbitration services. He was co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Boston Bar Association through August 1999. Mr. Wofford serves on many mediation panels, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, the Massachusetts Superior Courts, and the US Postal Service. Mr. Wofford, a lawyer, is a past president of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Boston-based non-profit legal services organization, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center, a non-profit community mediation center. He served as Deputy General Counsel of the US Department of Transportation from 1977-1979, and a partner at a Boston law firm until 1986. From 1987-1993, he was a senior consultant at ENDISPUTE, Inc., a major dispute resolution firm. He received B.A. degrees from Harvard College and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School.

The Federal Service Impasses Panel, an entity within the Federal Labor Relations Authority, is responsible for providing assistance in resolving impediments in negotiations between Federal agencies and unions representing Federal employees.