Each field office must maintain resource files on the communities within its geographic area. For each community, these files should identify local organizations that represent or provide services to protected groups. These entities would include groups and organizations representing or servicing women, racial and ethnic minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Some COs may not be knowledgeable about the local organizations in the area. In these instances, the COs must review the resource files and introduce themselves to representatives from the various organizations. The Communications Team in the national office and Regional Office Outreach Coordinators (ROCs) may also be useful resources.
If a contractor is located near an Indian and Native American Reservation with a Tribal Employment Rights Organization (TERO) or other employment organization on the reservation, COs must contact these organizations. Chapter 2 of this Manual discusses the importance of linkages and how a CO can establish relationships with local organizations representing covered group members.