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BJA FY23 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Awardee County
Anne Arundel County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $275,000)

A grant award under the FY23 DNA Backlog Reduction Program would support ongoing casework capacity increases in the Forensic Biology Unit of the Anne Arundel County Police Department Forensic Services Section to reduce the overall number of DNA cases awaiting analysis. Enhanced productivity and efficiency is expected to minimize the existing case backlog thereby decreasing the overall turnaround time for newly submitted DNA cases through the following objectives:

1.  Retention of a full-time W-2 temporary grant-funded Laboratory Technician via salary funding, including health benefits. The Laboratory Technician will assist the Forensic Biology Unit with various laboratory duties including but not limited to, quality assurance, validations, casework, general housekeeping, reagent preparation, and administrative aide.


2.  Funding for approximately 125 hours of overtime during the award period within the DNA unit.


3.  Purchase specialized laboratory equipment including an EZ2 extraction robot, 6 Gilson pipettes, 2 PCR Amplification units with UV lights on carts, and 5 GMID-X licenses for remote data access.

The FY23 DNA Backlog Reduction Program grant award would provide funding to retain the Laboratory Technician as a W-2 FTE temporary County contract employee to assist with general laboratory duties including QA/QC, administrative tasks, and general housekeeping. The support function provided by the position will aide in reducing the backlog. The essential tasks performed by the Laboratory Technician are duties that cannot be readily accomplished by analysts without negatively impacting case turnaround times and throughput.

Second, the grant award would provide funding for approximately # overtime hours for the Forensic Biology Unit. The overtime hours would decrease the DNA case backlog by approximately 80 cases over the award period.

Third, the grant award would allow for the purchase of specialized equipment to keep up with the demand of added casework. The specialized equipment would include the purchase of an EZ2 extraction robot, certified pipettes, PCR amplification preparation spaces, and GMID-X licenses for each analyst that will be used for backlog reduction casework.

In conclusion, the FY23 DNA Backlog Reduction Program funding will allow the Forensic Biology Unit to increase the processing, recordation, screening, and analysis of DNA case samples therefore, reducing the overall backlog. This grant is critical to addressing the current case submission levels for the Forensic Biology Unit to meet adequate turnaround times for the department as well as trial deadlines. Grant funding will significantly reduce the DNA case backlog and improve the Forensic Biology Unit’s output.

Date Created: September 8, 2023