The Rules of Golf Associate is primarily responsible for responding to Rules of Golf inquiries which involves independent judgment in a matter of great significance to the USGA. The Associate is also responsible for understanding and applying the Rules of Amateur Status to applications for reinstatement to amateur status as well as handling Rules of Amateur Status inquiries. The Rules of Golf Associate interfaces with Equipment Standards Staff, Handicap Department, and Championship Department and Regional Affairs personnel within the USGA. The Associate interfaces with many constituents, including but not limited to, club professionals, golf association personnel, PGA Sectional Office personnel, Tour Rules Officials and individual golfers external to the USGA. The Rules of Golf Associate position is a two-year assignment, after which employment with the USGA will end.