The Alternative Discipline Program is an option available to implement the USDA directive, which limits disciplinary measures to the minimum measures necessary to correct staff misconduct and maintain discipline. The Agency strongly supports the use of ADs as an instrument of excellence to reduce administrative costs and complicity efforts. In addition, executives and line managers are encouraged to play a more active role in managing their staff and offer employees the opportunity to report on their actions and the subsequent rehabilitation of productive services in the state. Alternative discipline (AD) methods can be replaced by traditional disciplinary measures. AD`s goal is to positively change a employee`s behaviour by proposing, instead of traditional discipline, an alternative in which the employee can participate and to which he hopes that he will feel engaged. Instead of traditional discipline or at any stage of the traditional process, an alternative discipline can be initiated. The goal of the program is to provide an additional management tool that can improve communication and interpersonal working relationships, correct behaviours and improve service efficiency. The search for employee membership in AD provides the employee with a more positive and equal role in correcting the problem and allows staff to avoid traditional disciplinary actions that can create barriers and resentments detrimental to the achievement of the Agency`s and staff`s mission. After a successful two-year pilot program, AD was officially implemented by the NSA in 1998. The aim is to offer a constructive alternative to the traditional disciplinary procedure. The guide identifies only formal disciplinary measures (i.e. those recorded in the OPF). There is no mention of oral warnings, letters of advice and similar measures that are considered informal disciplinary measures and may be better suited to correcting minor offences.

The First Offence column therefore refers to the first offence for which formal discipline is administered, although this may not be the first time an offence has occurred.

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