DIRECTED ENERGY PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY


DEPS Governance

DEPS Governance

The Directed Energy Professional Society is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in New Mexico, organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes within the meaning of Sections 170(c)(2)(B ), 501(c)(3), 2055(a)(2), and 2522(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended. DEPS operations and activities are also governed by its Bylaws. The Society's Annual Report for 2012 is available here in PDF. Prior annual reports for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 are also available.

DEPS Directors Conflict of Interest Policy

Members of the DEPS Board of Directors are prohibited from involvement in DEPS activities that have either the appearance or the reality of a conflict of interest between their DEPS position and responsibilities, and their private capacities. If such a conflict of interest arises, DEPS Board of Directors members are required to recuse themselves from Board of Directors decisions or recommendations in order to avoid the appearance or reality of such a conflict of interest. For example, Board members who are employees of the government or private firms must recuse themselves from participating in discussions and decisions regarding their organizations doing business with DEPS.

This example typifies but does not exhaust the situations that can require individual Board members to recuse themselves due to conflicts of interest.

DEPS Policy on Lobbying

Lobbying involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, actually or potentially, by the decisions of government leaders. Education, as distinct from lobbying, is allowed when DEPS presents unbiased factual information.

DEPS shall not engage in lobbying activities.

DEPS Miscellaneous Policies

The sense of the DEPS Board of Directors is that DEPS will not participate in any activities for which a majority of the Board of Directors members cannot be involved. DEPS By-Laws are the governing set of rules.

The Board of Directors delegates full responsibility for activities related to the HEL Joint Technology Office to the DEPS Executive Director.

DEPS Copyright Policies

DEPS copyrights its publications, including its web site.

    Books

    Copyrights for books are negotiated individually with authors.

    Proceedings, Digest, and Journal of Directed Energy

    DEPS policies regarding re-use of work included in event proceedings, the SSDLTR Technical Digest, or in the Journal of Directed Energy are outlined below.

    Returned Rights

    In return for the copyrights, DEPS hereby grants the authors and the employers for whom the work was performed royalty-free permission to:

    1. retain all property rights other than copyright, such as patent rights,
    2. reuse all or portions of the above material in other works,
    3. reproduce or have reproduced the above material for the authors' personal use or for company use provided that (a) the source and DEPS copyright are indicated, (b) the use of the copies does not imply DEPS endorsement and (c) the copies, per se, are not offered for sale,
    4. make limited distribution of all or parts of the material prior to publication, and
    5. in the case of work performed under U.S. government contract, DEPS grants the U.S. government royalty-free permission to reproduce the above material, for government purposes.

    DEPS Obligations

    DEPS will make all reasonable efforts to act in the interests of the authors and employers as well as its own interests. In particular, DEPS will require that:

    1. the consent of the primary author will be sought as a condition in granting republication permission to others, and
    2. the consent of the employer will be sought as a condition in granting permission for others to use any part or all of the material for promotion or marketing purposes.

 
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