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We are most pleased to announce that the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) has received $1.5M, over a four-year period, from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to become an accredited Standards Development Organization (SDO), to create standards in support of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) and to make those standards freely available to all. AAFS has contracted with Mary C. McKiel, PhD, of The McKiel Group, to assist in developing the application to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to become an ANSI Standards Developer (ASD) and to generate American National Standards. AAFS will also be hiring staff to manage the SDO program and will be procuring Kavi software in support of this effort. We hope to be able to accept proffered putative standards from the OSAC by the AAFS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, February 22-27, 2016.