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Enhancing DNA Capacity at the GBI Division of Forensic Sciences

Award Information

Award #
15PBJA-21-GG-03116-DNAX
Location
Awardee County
DeKalb
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2022
Total funding (to date)
$2,352,903

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $2,352,903)

The GBI Division of Forensic Sciences is responsible for conducting DNA analysis for cases submitted by all state and local law enforcement in the State of Georgia.  The major problem faced by the laboratory is insufficient state funding to support a staffing level necessary to address new casework analysis requests within 30 days of case submission.     

 

The goal of this project is to maintain current casework analysis staffing levels within the Forensic Biology discipline.  This award will be used to fund salary and benefits for additional casework analysts and technicians hired using prior year Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction grant.  Training has been completed for some and in various stages of progress for others.  These positions are expected to be retained through grant funding unless a state funded position in Forensic Biology becomes available.  This award will also be used to fund outsource analysis of evidence from approximately 785 backlogged requests for analysis.  The evidence will be outsourced to a private laboratory with an existing contract agreement selected utilizing a competitive bidding process or a new laboratory will be found using the same competitive selection method.  

 

All grant funded personnel will transition onto this award when prior year DNA CEBR funding has been exhausted.  The number of grant funded personnel supported by the award could vary throughout the course of the award if grant funded personnel are able to transition into a state funded position or resign.

 

The expected outcomes of this project are the completion of at least 2000 cases in-house by grant funded analysts while they are funded by this award, the completion of approximately 787 outsourced cases, the completion of approximately 400 additional DNA and serological requests using overtime, support of mandatory continuing education of several analysts by funding registration and travel expenses.

Date Created: December 7, 2021