(a) The Office shall develop a mediation program. Matters involving the following adverse actions shall undergo mediation through the program:
(1) The removal;
(2) The reduction in grade;
(3) The suspension of 10 days or more;
(4) The placement on enforced leave lasting 10 days or more; and
(5) Any other appeal the Hearing Examiner considers appropriate for mediation.
(b) Settlement of the dispute may be raised by the Hearing Examiner with the parties at any time. If the parties agree to a settlement without a decision on the merits of the case, a settlement agreement, prepared and signed by all parties, shall constitute the final and binding resolution of the appeal, and the Hearing Examiner shall dismiss the appeal with prejudice.