Once in office, Fleet Admiral Lerman learned of the secret incorporation of STARFLEET by the Maddox Administration. He also learned that as an IRS-recognized non-profit organization, STARFLEET was required to file a Form 990 return each year to the IRS. Fleet Admiral Maddox had failed to do so and the financial penalties for said inaction were severe. For the next two years, Fleet Admiral Lerman and JAG Officer Captain Gary Decker, fought to prevent these penalties from being imposed, as they would have effectively bankrupted the organization. Also, the Maddox Administration was extremely slow and haphazard in providing records to the new Administration for their first year in Office.
As seemed to become common practice with each new Administration, a new Constitution was drafted under the direction of Captain Decker. However, the proposed changes were in violation of IRS regulations and were removed before being voted on. In fact, the "Decker Unit", as he was known, was so active that on June 29th, 1993 he was actually granted by the Judge Advocate Generals Office of the United States Navy with "full Legal Officer status". Yes folks, the STARFLEET JAG was officially recognized by the US Navy!
Vice Commanding Admiral Anita Davis declared "war" on the Klingon fan groups (KAG and KLAW) in June of 1993. This made Admiral Christopher Smiths job as the Director of the Department of Klingon Relations, a precursor to the STARFLEET Diplomatic Corps, amusing, no doubt. DKR was formed to help ensure that the generally warm relations that STARFLEET and KAG/KLAW enjoyed remained that way, troublemaking Vice Commanders notwithstanding. When not annoying the Klingons, Admiral Davis oversaw an expanded Fleet Division Chief (FDC) Program.
The Lerman Administration, according to some members of STARFLEET, was not particularly imposing years for STARFLEET. The founders of the STARFLEET Marine Corps, worried by claims from Dan McGinnis during the 1992 elections that he would make the SFMC manuals STARFLEET property, created SMI Starfleet Marines International as an umbrella club to welcome Marines from all fan clubs, and not just STARFLEET. The STARFLEET Communiqué again began to fall behind schedule as more and more of the Administrations efforts and time were spent trying to solve the IRS crisis.
With Star Trek: Deep Space Nine becoming
more and more popular, there were calls to allow STARFLEET chapters to be
something more than just starships. The STARFLEET Office of Technical
Information was tasked with drafting a proposal that would allow STARFLEET
chapters to become space stations and Klingon chapters. Said proposal was approved by vote
of the Executive Committee in April of 1993. The first to take advantage of this was Cascade
Station in Region 4, and was soon joined by others, like Freedom Station in
Region 3. Today, the space station option is a popular one, with over a dozen such
chapters serving in STARFLEET. In addition to space stations, Klingon
"exchange vessels" became a valid class of chapter. Vice Admiral Alex Rosenzweig
of the Office of Technical Information began posting lists of starship names, registry
numbers, and classes to assist new shuttles in choosing a name/registry/class.
The various Regions of STARFLEET fought
each other for members, chapters, and recognition. However, Fleet Admiral Lerman never
shirked his duties and engaged the membership and Admiralty Board to help come up with
solutions. The STARFLEET Policy and Recommendations Committee was chaired
by Captain Kaye Downing and served as a way to funnel these recommendations to the
Executive Committee and Admiralty Board. And while he started with 6526 members in 1/93,
by 5/94 STARFLEET had 7809 members.