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					Mary Reed


 Indiana State Police
  Laboratory Division
AUDIT


        WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
DNA Audit Process

   Beginnings
   Purpose
   Training
   Dynamic Document
   Findings vs Comments
   Report
   Review and Response
History of the Program

   In March, 2002 NFSTC started
    offering FREE DNA audits to
    government crime labs in the
    US.
   Labs will be audited against
    National DNA Quality Assurance
    Standards by trained auditors.
   This program is made possible
    due to a cooperative agreement
    between NFSTC and NIJ
PURPOSE

   To provide a standard for quality
    for DNA testing in the nations
    crime labs to ensure integrity of
    the data in CODIS
TRAINING
   FBI DNA Audit Class, required by
    FBI of all auditors
   In addition, NFSTC requires
    mentoring program – technical
    auditors attend app. 5 audits with an
    experienced auditor
       Learn how to conduct audits, organize
        the audit, learn to deal with people,
        learns interpretation of stds. from exp.
        Auditor
       Evaluation of performance of each
        auditor at the audit
FINDINGS vs COMMENTS

   Comments limited to instruction
    to readers as to why a std was
    called as NA, or in way of
    explanation of a rating
   Findings must be stated in terms
    of the standard
REPORT


   ELECTRONIC FORM

   COMMITTEE OF TRAINED
    AUDITORS REVIEWS
    FINDINGS AND RESPONSE

   FINAL REPORT
Free DNA Audit Program Update


             August, 2003
Free DNA Audit Program
   Labs get the best of the available auditors –70+ auditors in the
    program, including 13 lead auditors.
   All lead auditors have at least 5 prior audits, many have
    completed over 100 audits.
   Auditors have access to resources while on site, thru auditor
    toolkit and the Program Manager.
   The lab gets a final report that has been reviewed against
    National DNA Quality Assurance Standards by trained auditors.
   Auditors are assigned by the Program Manager, no auditor from
    the same state as the lab being audited is permitted to
    participate. The lab has no say in who their auditors are.
   Auditors sign confidentiality agreements of non-disclosure.
   Auditors are paid as professionals - elimination of conflict of
    interest to ensure objective performance of auditors.
   Auditor performance evaluated by lead auditor and the lab. Poor
    performers re-trained or eliminated from the program.
  2002 Activity

34 audits were delivered
  in 2002.
States where audits were
conducted are in red.
2003 Activity

57 audits were delivered in
 2003. States where
 audits were conducted
 are in yellow.
2004 Activity

71 audits have been
 delivered or are scheduled
 for 2004. States where
 audits are scheduled are in
 red.
2003 - New Program Feature
                By this Certificate let it be known that
                   The Forensic DNA Laboratory of

                         City ____ Police Department

                       Underwent an external audit by

                The National Forensic Science Technology Center

                        On September 9 and 10, 2002

                             In accordance with
               The National DNA Quality Assurance Standards

          And has been deemed in compliance with these standards
                    After review by the FBI NDIS Board




   Upon receipt of a letter of
    compliance from NDIS, the
    laboratory can request NFSTC
    to issue a letter of compliance
2004 - New Program Features

   Analyst Certificates – After
    standing 2 NFSTC audits,
    analysts will receive a certificate
    of compliance
   Delivery of secure, signed,
    electronic reports – rather than
    paper reports
Analyst Certificate
   By this certificate, let it be known that the education,
   training, work experience and duty requirements of
                      John Doe
                          of the
              Anywhere Police Department,
have been examined by external audits in 2001 and 2003 by
                           the


       National Forensic Science Technology Center
                  in accordance with the
        National DNA Quality Assurance Standards
                           and
     John Doe has been deemed to meet the standards
                     of a DNA Analyst


                       DNA Audit Program
                             Manager
QUESTIONS?


             Thank you

				
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