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DC DFS FY21 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $619,160)

The District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) is the Cabinet-level agency responsible for the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Crime Scene Sciences (CSS), and Public Health Laboratory (PHL) services in the District of Columbia.  Within the FSL, the Forensic Biology Unit (FBU) processes and performs serological and DNA testing on items of evidence associated with criminal investigations.  The DFS FBU is an NDIS-participating laboratory.  The federal funding from the FY21 Capacity Enhancement Program for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program will be used for the goal of reducing the backlog of forensic biology cases by maintaining contracts to outsource casework as in-house casework and CODIS operations resume.  The DFS plans to use the grant award to fund outsourcing of at least 280 backlogged cases to private, accredited DNA vendor laboratories. This will help to reduce the backlog of case submissions and supplement in-house output as casework resumes in FY24.  Overall, this utilization of funding will serve the District of Columbia and its’ residents through the enhancement of public safety and resolution of criminal investigations in a more timely, efficient manner.

Date Created: December 3, 2021