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Nassau County Medical Examiner Division of Forensic Services-Biology Section: 2022 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $392,733)

The Nassau County Medical Examiner Division of Forensic Services Biology section is requesting a primary allocation of $346,078 to maintain the increased level of capacity the laboratory has experienced in past CEBR programs and to reduce the current turnaround and backlog to levels suitable to laboratory customers. A secondary allocation of $44,010 has been requested to support the New York State Executive Law 838-a "test all" sexual assault kit legislation which has resulted in an increase in sexual assault related evidence testing. The $392,733 in total funding requests will be utilized to support (1) $51,118 in Personnel and Fringe, (2) $208,578 in Supplies, and (4) $133,037 in Procurement Contracts. The overall goal of both funding streams is to maintain a test all policy for property crime evidence as well as sexual assault kit evidence. This will be accomplished by enhancing casework resources and capacity with the expectation of increasing the number of eligible profiles entered into the Combined DNA Index System. The maintenance of capacity and reduction in turnaround will be accomplished through the purchase of casework reagents and consumables along with the use of funds to support personnel overtime (and associated fringe) to address the technical and administrative case review backlog. The review backlog continues to be to most significant obstacle in reducing case turnaround. Additional support to assure program success is requested in procurement contracts to support equipment preventative maintenance contracts and equipment software upgrades. Success of the 2022-2024 CEBR program will be measure by casework performance metrics generated by the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Date Created: September 16, 2022