Those field councils established and in operation prior to the effective date of this subpart will
continue to function without interruption provided they are operating in accordance with the provision of their charter and this subpart.
The Secretary may establish a council in any area where ten or more Federal establishments totaling 300
or more employees are located within an area having a radius of 50 miles, and there is substantial agreement among the agencies that such a council
would be useful. In any such area where there is no council already established, a field representative of the Secretary may, upon his own initiative
or at the request of any establishment within the area, contact representatives of all establishments within the area and encourage the organization
of a field council.
After a new council has been organized, officers elected, and articles of organization drafted and
accepted by the council membership, a formal request for recognition as a field council shall be sent to the Secretary. Upon approval of the Articles
of Organization, a charter will be issued.
At the first general meeting of the council, committees should be appointed and the cooperation of all
participants should be solicited to aid the functioning of committees and the successful accomplishment of the council's objectives.