Workshop

The Revised FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing and Databasing Laboratories – What’s Changed?

Sunday September 22nd, 2019 // 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Registration Fee$100.00

Registration fees include break

Description:

The Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) has revised and updated the Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories. In addition, the Audit Document format has been simplified to contain the audit checklist and associated audit documentation, while the Standard discussions have been compiled into a new Audit Guidance Document.

Many changes in technology, interpretation approaches, and casework applications have occurred in the years since the last revision of the QAS. These include the development of sophisticated software programs for interpretation and statistics, the expansion on the CODIS core STR loci, the emergence of legacy data, and the implementation of Rapid DNA technology. Additionally, next generation sequencing and non-STR markers could be adopted in forensic casework or databasing laboratories soon. Efforts have been made over the past three years to bring the standards up-to-date and to look forward to tomorrow’s needs.

This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to take a closer look at the new QAS in order to initiate preparations in their laboratories to achieve compliance to these new standards.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To understand the revisions to the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories.
  2. To understand the revision process, the revisions under consideration, and the anticipated timeline for approval, issuance, and compliance.
  3. To increase awareness of changes to the participant’s laboratory policies and practices that may be necessary to comply with the new standards.
  4. To allow workshop participants to discuss possible methods to meet and ensure continued compliance to the new standards within their laboratories.

 

Intended Audience:

Anyone whose primary responsibilities include ensuring the compliance to the QAS, including (but not limited to) crime laboratory directors, DNA Technical Leaders, DNA managers, DNA supervisors, and QA/QC managers.

 

Speakers

Jocelyn CarlsonChair

DNA Quality Assurance Program Manager, DNA Support Unit, FBI Laboratory

Ms. Jocelyn Carlson serves as the chair of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) Quality Assurance (QA) Committee. She has 15 years of experience in the forensic DNA field and has been with the FBI Laboratory for the last 9 years. 

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Kristine Kadash

Sr. Criminalist, CODIS Administrator – Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab

Kristine Kadash is a Sr. Criminalist and CODIS Administrator at the Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab. She received her BS in Biological Sciences/Zoology from Colorado State University, and PhD in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin. Previously, Kristine worked as a DNA analyst at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center.

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Eugene Lien

Assistant Director and Nuclear DNA Technical Leader at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Eugene Lien is currently an Assistant Director at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Department of Forensic Biology, where he has worked since October 2001.  He was appointed as the Nuclear DNA Technical Leader in 2008 and has previously served as the Quality Assurance Manager for more than 10 years. 

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Amy McGuckian

Technical Leader of the Forensic Biology Unit, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Amy McGuckian is currently employed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office where she has served as the Technical Leader of the Forensic Biology Unit for the past 16 years. 

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