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NAS Report: Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community





The Report in Congress:


National Science & Technology Council Committee on Science, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, has a special Subcommittee on Forensic Science.

Forensic Science for the 21st Century: The National Academy of Sciences Report and Beyond, Conference held at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, April 3-4, 2009

Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community is a project of the National Academy of Sciences sponsored by the National Institute of Justice. The Committee will:

  1. assess the present and future resource needs of the forensic science community, to include State and local crime labs, medical examiners, and coroners;
  2. make recommendations for maximizing the use of forensic technologies and techniques to solve crimes, investigate deaths, and protect the public;
  3. identify potential scientific advances that may assist law enforcement in using forensic technologies and techniques to protect the public;
  4. make recommendations for programs that will increase the number of qualified forensic scientists and medical examiners available to work in public crime laboratories;
  5. disseminate best practices and guidelines concerning the collection and analysis of forensic evidence to help ensure quality and consistency in the use of forensic technologies and techniques to solve crimes, investigate deaths, and protect the public;
  6. examine the role of the forensic community in the homeland security mission;
  7. interoperability of Automated Fingerprint Information Systems; and
  8. examine additional issues pertaining to forensic science as determined by the Committee.

-- from S. Rep. No. 109-88 (2005)


The Committee has held meetings on the dates below. Click each date to see its agenda:

Links to resources considered at committee meetings.

More project information can be found at the project overview page.