Message From the AAFS President — April 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President

Message to the Membership:

On March 7, 2017, the AAFS Board of Directors requested input from the membership on two pieces of legislation proposed by the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO), of which AAFS is a member. The two pieces of federal legislation concerned:  (1) the formation of an Office of Forensic Medicine (OFM) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and, (2) the formation of an Office of Forensic Science (OFS) within the Department of Justice (DOJ). Drafts of the two pieces of legislation and a document from the CFSO explaining the intent of the legislation were made available for members to review and members were asked to send comments to their section board representative.

After reviewing the comments from members, the Board of Directors voted on March 30, 2017, to support the legislation forming the OFM within the CDC and not to support the legislation forming the OFS within DOJ.

On behalf of the Board, thank you to all members who provided comments on the proposed legislation. Your participation helps Board members make decisions that guide our path forward.