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.
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.
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.
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.
Proceedings, Digest, and Journal of Directed Energy
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