IAI Current Affairs

We will place items of interest to IAI members here periodically.

IAI Presidential Letters

Motion to exclude Evidence — PCAST Appeal

Defendants renew their motions to exclude toolmark analysis in light of the September 20, 2016 release of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology's ("PCAST") report entitled "Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature Comparison Methods." Read here.

Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) statements presented to the National Commission on Forensic Science March 22, 2016

Justice Department Announces New Accreditation Policies to Advance Forensic Science

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates recently addressed the National Commission of Forensic Science (NCFS). She announced that the Justice Department will, within the next five years, require department-run (DOJ) forensic labs to obtain and maintain accreditation and require all department prosecutors to use accredited labs to process forensic evidence when practicable. Additionally, the department has decided to use its grant funding mechanisms to encourage other labs around the country to pursue accreditation.

Read Attorney General Loretta Lynch's memorandum on this issue here. Read the announcement on the DOJ web site here.

Notice of Amendment of the FBI's STR Population Data Published in 1999 and 2001

The intent of this follow-up from ASCLD/LAB is to pass on the most recent notice from the FBI to help ensure that the information gets to all the right people (Please see the attached document). As communicated to you on May 29, 2015, the top management of all ASCLD/LAB accredited laboratories with a scope of accreditation that includes DNA analysis should ensure that all appropriate DNA personnel are immediately made aware of this follow-up FBI announcement and the ERRATUM article. Each impacted accredited laboratory should continue to evaluate the impact, as applicable, of the FBI's announcement on the past and present work of the laboratory.

The published ERRATUM article has now become available directly from the journal publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1556-4029.12806/abstract.

New NIST Center of Excellence to Improve Statistical Analysis of Forensic Evidence

As part of a national collaborative effort to strengthen the scientific basis for forensic evidence used in the criminal justice system, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) up to $20 million over five years to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence focused on pattern and digital evidence. (Details here)

Performance Standard for Video Systems used by Public Safety: End User Input Requested

At the request of the public safety community, UL has begun development of a performance standard for tactical (e.g., hand-deployed, covert placement, robot-mounted) and operational (e.g., body-worn) video camera systems. We are seeking input from end users to determine your needs and requirements: who uses which systems, when and how they are typically used, and what features are used.

We would appreciate your completing a questionnaire using this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tacticalcamera

Your input is requested by June 30th so that it can be used to guide the path forward and help to ensure that the standard meets the needs of end users.

National Commission on Forensic Science is soliciting applications for additional members. Applications are due no later than May 28, 2015. (Details here)

National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Forensic Science (2015) Achieving Interoperability for Latent Fingerprint Identification in the United States. April 2015. (Download here)

Also - for those of you who haven't seen it, the National Commission on Forensic Science is planning to make recommendations to the Attorney General regarding AFIS Interoperability. The draft recommendations were presented to NCFS on Friday, May 1, 2015. (Download here)

Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) letter to Congress regarding the Paul Coverdell National Forensic Science Grant Program appropriations request – March 10, 2015

Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) Newsletters

Fingerprint Examiners Found to Have Very Low Error Rates (Open here)

The National Institute on Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the selections for the new Scientific Area Sub-Committees in specific forensic disciplines. We are delighted to the have the IAI well represented, and invite you to review the appointments here.

NIST to Establish Research Center of Excellence for Forensic Science (Open here)

FY 15 Language and Funding in the Appropriation Bills — This document lists the language for the House and Senate Bills, as well as gives you an indication of the budget allocation for the Administration, House and Senate on these particular items.

Policy Issues to Address Forensic Science — This document is to be used by members of your organization to aide in helping them determine how they can best be called into action on the grants and bills that are going on currently.

U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce Name Experts to First-ever National Commission on Forensic Science — January 10, 2014

Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the National Commission on Forensic Science – September 5, 2013

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) just released a vastly expanded edition of "Crime Scene Investigation, a Guide for Law Enforcement". I believe it would be of interest to members of IAI. It's available free for download from NFSTC's website at: http://tinyurl.com/okg5uct

Department of Justice and National Institute of Standards and Technology Announce Launch of National Commission on Forensic Science — February 15, 2013

Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) letter to the White House — November 28, 2012

Senate bill 3378, Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2012

CFSO Congressional Updates

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES)

Forensic Legislation Introduced January 25, 2011

Journal of Forensic Identification Publishing Guidelines

National Academy of Sciences Executive Summary: “Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community” — February 2009

NAS Executive Summary related documents:

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