News Related to: External Organizations


Toxicology Section News—September 2019

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Program Chair The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Toxicology Subcommittee and the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Toxicology Consensus Body encourage all interested parties to provide comments on three toxicology standards which are available for public comment. These documents are listed along with links to each document. Please note […]


United States Department of Justice Interim Policy on Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching Announced

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President The Department of Justice has just announced at the International Symposium on Human Identification a new interim policy on forensic genetic genealogical DNA analysis and searching. This interim policy becomes effective November 1, 2019. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on the policy before it becomes a […]


NIST Has Announced the Restructuring OSAC (OSAC 2.0) Plan

Source: Lucy A. Davis, BHS, AAFS Representative, OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) In the Fall of 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent out a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register on The Development of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science 2.0. Both the American […]


A New Forensic Best Practice Recommendation From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 021, Best Practices for the Preparation of Test Impressions from Footwear and Tires, First Edition. This standard is produced through ASB’s Footwear and Tire Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American […]


News From NIST: A Safer Way to Test Drug Evidence

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST For police and forensic chemists, opening a bag of suspicious powder that might contain fentanyl can be dangerous because of the risk of accidental inhalation. More of the powder becomes airborne than one might think. Scientists at The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated the […]


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing—Final Testimony and Video Available

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, CFSO Liaison On September 9, 2019, AAFS member Matthew Gamette had the honor of testifying on behalf of the Academy before the Science, Space, and Technology Committee concerning advancements in forensic science since the 2009 National Academy of  Sciences (NAS) Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, […]


ASB Updates—August 2019

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat New DNA Standard Published! The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, First Edition, 2019. This standard provides the general requirements for a forensic DNA laboratory’s training program in DNA analysis, including data interpretation. Click HERE […]


New DNA Standard Published by the ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, First Edition, 2019. This standard was revised, prepared, and finalized as a standard by the DNA Consensus Body of the AAFS Standards Board (ASB). The initial draft document […]


OSAC Adds ASB Standard to Registry

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is pleased to announce that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has approved the addition of ANSI/ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2018 for listing on the OSAC Registry. The OSAC Registry […]


Toxicology Section News—May 2019

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Program Chair The Organization of Scientific Area Communities for Forensic Sciences (OSAC) Toxicology Subcommittee recently released a draft document titled “Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology.” Click here to access the document. This document has been accepted by the Academy Standards Board (ASB) for development as an American […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Policing: Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies of approaches to the challenges of policing in the United States that address the strategic priorities and objectives identified in NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017-2022


NIJ Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice: Fiscal Year 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects related to the administration of justice in three areas: (1) eyewitness evidence; (2) police deflection strategies; and (3) forensic science testimony. Applications that fall outside these three priority areas will not be considered. This solicitation aims to […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System: Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding of multidisciplinary research projects addressing four topics: The cumulative effects of shift-work schedules, overtime, and secondary employment on the health, safety, performance, and quality of life of police or correctional officers. Enhancing strategies for officer interaction with individuals presenting with mental […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime: Fiscal Year 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community […]


New NIJ Solicitation: Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals to strengthen the medical examiner/coroner (ME/C) system in the United States. NIJ’s ME/C program is a competitive program designed to support the enhancement of Medicolegal-Death-Investigation services, and increase the supply of forensic pathologists nationwide. Through this program, NIJ will support grants in two focus […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community […]


President’s Message—January 2019

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President During my undergraduate studies, one of my professors queried the class with the question: Would you allow ten suspected murderers to be released to ensure an innocent person wouldn’t remain in prison? Due to the passage of time, I cannot emphatically state the question is correctly phrased, but […]


A New Forensic Standard From the AAFS Standards Board (ASB)

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is pleased to announce the publication of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) /ASB Standard 020, Standard for Validation Studies of DNA Mixtures, and Development and Verification of a Laboratory’s Mixture Interpretation Protocol, First Edition, 2018. This standard is produced through ASB’s DNA Consensus Body in a consensus […]


In Memoriam: Gregory S. Golden, DDS

Source: John P. Kenney, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Board of Directors Representative Forensic science, and odontology in particular, lost a great colleague, scientist, and mentor with the passing of Greg Golden of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, on August 21. Greg was a colleague, friend, and mentor to many in the odontology community. He served in various […]