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FY 2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $353,115)

The Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division (MSP-FSD) requests funds under the 2018 DNA Backlog Reduction Program with the goal of maintaining a low backlog of cases/reducing existing backlogs and preventing future backlog build up while at the same time sustain/improve turnaround time. MSP-FSD has been very successful in the implementation of a long term project to control, significantly reduce and eventually eliminate the DNA casework backlog. This project is based on an approach that combines the use of in-house outsourcing and agency direct outsourcing of casework as well as a tiered approach and other streamlining techniques to improve the in-house operations. MSP-FSD's goal is to continue using these techniques and requested funds are geared towards continuing successful methods of addressing the casework backlog. The federal funding from this award will be used for the following specific goals:

Goal 1: Control the backlog of forensic biology/DNA cases by outsourcing.
Goal 2: Maintain current laboratory capabilities and improve operations.
Goal 3. Provide required continuing education.

MSP-FSD expects to analyze by outsourcing 315 DNA cases and bring the backlog down to approximately 200 cases.


Date Created: September 5, 2018