National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) Holds Its Sixth Meeting


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The National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) held its sixth meeting on Thursday, 4/30/15, and Friday, 5/1/15.

RECHARTER:

The NCFS has been rechartered for another two years and the digital evidence restriction has been lifted. See https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/04/28/2015-09934/national-commission-on-forensic-science-notice-of-charter-renewal-and-solicitation-of-applications.

WORK PRODUCTS APPROVED:

The NCFS voted to approve the following: universal accreditation (directive document); inconsistent terminology (views document); and definitions terminology (views document). The NCFS has previously adopted: accreditation of ME/C (policy document); certification of MLDI (directive document); scientific literature (views document); and survey (directive document). See http://www.justice.gov/ncfs/work-products.

COMMENT PERIOD:

The comment period on the NCFS draft work products is still open, but closes at the end-of-day on May 15th. These draft documents include: root cause analysis; pretrial discovery; use of the term “scientific certainty”; national code of ethics; electronic network for ME/Cs (MECIN); AFIS interoperability; and increasing the supply of forensic pathologists. See http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketBrowser;rpp=25;po=0;dct=N%252BFR%252BPR%252BO;D=DOJ-LA-2015-0004.

VACANCIES:

Members may wish to apply for open vacancies on the NCFS; at least some of the vacancies will be filled by digital evidence/computer forensic experts due to the lifting of the digital evidence restriction in the new charter. Those wishing to apply will need to send a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest, and a letter from their employer before May 28th to the new Designated Federal Officer (who replaced Brette Steele): Andrew Bruck (Andrew.J.Bruck@usdoj.gov; (202) 305-3481). See https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/04/28/2015-09934/national-commission-on-forensic-science-notice-of-charter-renewal-and-solicitation-of-applications.