Society News Archive

15 April 2014
HPS Announces Agency and Congressional Liaison Candidate Search

The Health Physics Society (HPS) is seeking candidates interested in serving the Society as Agency and Congressional Liaison. Dr. Richard Vetter, who has served the Society for several years in that capacity, will relinquish the role this summer to spend time on his many other interests.

Since the position is filled by presidential appointment and Board approval, President Darrell Fisher has the responsibility for identifying and nominating a replacement for Dr. Vetter. President Fisher has requested the Government Relations Committee (Joe Ring, chairman) to seek candidates for the position. The committee expects to select a recommended candidate no later than the 2014 HPS Annual Meeting in Baltimore and have the new incumbent fully functioning in the position by the October 2014 HPS president's visit to Washington, DC.

If you wish to be considered for the Agency and Congressional Liaison role or wish to nominate someone else, please contact Joseph Ring,, no later than 16 May 2014.


The HPS Government Relations Program is the coordinated effort to:

  1. Make the Society and its members available to government entities as an educational resource for issues related to radiation and radiation safety.

  2. Provide comments on proposed legislative and regulatory actions that have an effect on the mission of the Society.

  3. Be involved in the legislative and regulatory process for issues that affect the profession of health physics and the practice of radiation safety.

  4. Carry out the duties of the President and the Scientific and Public Issues Committee in the role of serving as Society spokespersons for legislative and regulatory issues.

The Government Relations Program works towards these objectives by:

  1. Having the Society take positions on legislation, regulations, and policies.

  2. Conducting or supporting educational sessions for governmental entities.

  3. Helping Society members interact with governmental entities on an individual basis without influence from the Society on the content of their interaction.

Duties and Responsibilities

The agency and congressional liaison serves as an assistant to the HPS president and an advisor to the Board of Directors in implementing the Government Relations Program as specified in HPS Rule 7.5. The primary responsibility of the position is to maintain a consistent message and issue focus in government relations and to provide technical expertise to the Society’s interactions with government, legislative, and regulatory organizations and agencies. The liaison is responsible for reviewing existing and proposed radiation protection laws, regulations, ordinances, and rules and making recommendations to the president/Society.

Additional details are provided in the job description that is available at