Federal Forensic Science Reform- What's Going On In Washington

Location: Bowie
Date: Sat, April 9
Time: 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

After the 2009 NAS Report on forensic sciences was issued, the federal government set up two parallel structures intended to deal with the problem. In 2013, the DOJ, in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created the National Commission on Forensic Sciences ("the Commission"), a blue-ribbon committee charged with crafting national policy for the funding and performance of forensic science. Meanwhile, NIST launched the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), consisting of dozens of subcommittees of forensic science practitioners, each charged with drafting scientifically defensible standards and guidelines for their disciplines. Peter Neufeld is a member of the Commission, and Barry Scheck and Dave Moran are members of the OSAC Legal Resource Committee, which provides legal advice to the individual discipline subcommittees. Peter, Barry, and Dave will discuss the reform efforts and how they will eventually affect innocence work.

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