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The next National Commission on Forensic Science meeting will be held December 7-8, 2015, in Washington, DC. As you will note, there are several documents that are either up for final vote or for introduction. Please consider reviewing the documents and providing any feedback to the Commission via the Department Of Justice (DOJ) portal (http://www.justice.gov/ncfs/draft-work-products-open-public-comment. The documents may take few days to post.) All public comments must be adjudicated so this will be your opportunity to provide input into the Commission’s work.
The list below delineates (by Subcommittee) all documents that will be addressed at the next meeting. Please note that three documents will be brought to the floor for a FINAL vote (italicized below).
Reporting and Testimony Subcommittee Report
- Final Document for Vote: Views Document on Report Content
- Adjudication Summary of Views Document on Report Content
- Re-introduction of Draft Work Product Open for Public Comment: Views Document on using the term “Reasonable Degree of Scientific Certainty”
- Status Reports: Abstract on Access of Indigents to Defense Experts; Abstract on Notice and Demand Rules; Abstract on Judicial Vouching for Expert Witnesses
Scientific Inquiry and Research Subcommittee Report
- Introduction of Draft Work Products Open for Public Comment: Views Document on Establishing the Foundational Literature within the Forensic Science Disciplines; Post-Doctoral Projects to Facilitate Translation of Research into Forensic Science Practice
Interim Solutions Subcommittee Report
- Introduction of Draft Work Products Open for Public Comment: Views document on a National Code of Professional Responsibility (re-introduction); Recommendation on Accessibility of Quality Management System Documents
Human Factors Subcommittee Report
- Final Document for Vote: Views document on Ensuring that Forensic Analysis is Based Upon Task-Relevant Information
- Adjudication Summary on Views document on Ensuring that Forensic Analysis is Based Upon Task-Relevant Information
Training on Science and Law Subcommittee Report
- Final Document for a Vote: National Forensic Science Curriculum
- Adjudication Summary on National Forensic Science Curriculum
- Status Report: Abstract on Assessment Tools; Abstract on Notification
Accreditation and Proficiency Testing Subcommittee Report
- Introduction of Draft Work Product Open for Public Comment: Views Document on Proficiency Testing in Forensic Science; Views Document on Critical Steps to Accreditation
- Status Reports: Abstract on Uniform Policy and Procedures for Accreditation Programs