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Virginia DFS FY 2022 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Project

Award Information

Award #
15PBJA-22-GG-01587-DNAX
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2022
Total funding (to date)
$1,890,845

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,890,845)

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science (DFS) is applying for funding under the FY 2022 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program for the purposes listed below:

 

1.  Maintain Increased Capacity of the Forensic Biology Section

 

Objective: Continue to fund six forensic scientist positions (5 in casework and 1 in the Data Bank) and one support position in casework.  This will maintain the increased capacity of both the Casework and the DNA Data Bank Sections.

 

2.   Increase Testing Efficiency of Sexual Assault/Rape Kits in the Casework Section

 

Objective: Purchase DNA extraction chemistries that provide a quick and efficient method for extracting DNA from sexual assault kit samples.  Where the amount of male DNA can be determined, replacing the traditional screening methods of seminal fluid indication and microscopic spermatozoa identification with the new screening chemistries will increase efficiency.

 

3.  Increase Testing Efficiency in the DNA Data Bank Section

 

Objective:  Purchase buccal sample collectors and DNA testing chemistries to be utilized to collect and test samples from Virginia offenders for inclusion in the Virginia DNA Data Bank.  Both the collectors and Fusion testing chemistries can be utilized with robotics in the DFS Data Bank Section to allow for efficient DNA testing of Data Bank samples.

 

4.  Increase Testing Efficiency in the Casework and Data Bank Sections

 

Objective:  Purchase Fusion testing chemistries that can be utilized with robotics in the DFS casework section to allow for efficient DNA testing of reference and evidence samples.  Additionally the chemistry allows for the direct amplification of reference samples which is a more efficient way to process these types of samples.

 

5.  Provide the Required Continuing Education for Scientific Staff in the Forensic Biology Section

 

Objective: Conduct internal statewide training and attend applicable external training workshops and conferences.

 

6.  Increase Testing Efficiency in the Casework Section

 

Objective: Purchase alternate light sources that can be quickly used to screen clothing and bedding to locate biological stains.

 

7.  Maintain testing efficiency in the Casework Section

 

Objective: Purchase a robotic platform which can be validated to process casework reference and evidence samples.  Once validated and approved for work, additional units will be purchased to replace current robotics that are being utilized by the section.

Date Created: September 16, 2022