Society News Archive

21 April 2014
HPS Agency Liaison Position Opening

The Health Physics Society (HPS) is seeking candidates interested in serving the Society as agency liaison. Dr. Richard Vetter, who has served the Society for several years in that capacity, will relinquish the role 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 liaison role or wish to nominate someone else, please contact Joseph Ring no later than 16 May 2014.


The HPS Government Relations Program has the following objectives:

  1. To work to have legislation, regulations, and public policies based on current, sound science and good practice in radiation safety.

  2. To have the Society recognized by governmental entities as an independent, professional, and expert source of information on radiation sciences and radiation safety.

  3. To carry out its activities, as provided in the HPS Rules, in such a manner as to be benevolent, educational, scientific, and without monetary profit to its organizers or members.

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 liaison serves as an assistant to the president and an advisor to the Board of Directors in implementation of 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 the Government Relations Program 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