Meeting Materials

 Meeting One | Meeting Two | Meeting Three | Meeting Four | Meeting Five | Meeting Six

Meeting One

Introductory remarks of DAG Cole

Introductory remarks of Dr. John Holdren

National Academy of Sciences Report Executive Summary
Judge Harry Edwards, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Census of Publicly Funded Crime Laboratories
Matthew Durose, Bureau of Justice Statistics

Accreditation of Forensic Science Service Providers
Patricia A. Manzolillo, USPS Laboratory

Forensic Science Proficiency Testing
Dean M. Gialamas, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Certification of Forensic Science Practitioners
Patricia A. Manzolillo, USPS Laboratory

Forensic Science Research and Development
Jeff Salyards, Defense Forensic Science Center

National Commission on Forensic Science: Overview of Standards as it Relates to the Forensic Science Community
Gerry LaPorte, National Institute of Justice

NIST Proposed Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)

Meeting Two


Human Factors and Cognitive Bias in Forensic Science
Deborah Boehm-Davis, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and University Professor, Department of Psychology, George Mason University

John Collins, President, Forensic Foundations Group

The Need for Sequential Unmasking
Michael Risinger, John J. Gibbons Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

David H. Kaye
Distinguished Professor of Law and Weiss Family Faculty Scholar, Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law

Ethics and Forensic Science
J.C. Upshaw Downs, M.D., Coastal Regional Medical Examiner, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Rob Lesnevich, Director, Forensic Science Laboratory, US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Update on the Organization of Scientific Area Committees
Mark Stolorow, Director of OSAC Affairs, Office of Special Programs, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Meeting Three


Cognitive Bias and Human Factors in Forensic Science
Human Factors and Forensic Science: A Lot of Talk, but Not Enough Action!, Dr. Itiel Dror, Cognitive Neuroscientist, University College London and Cognitive Consultants International
Minimizing Contextual Bias in Forensic Science, Dr. Professor William Thompson, Professor, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine

Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Units

Latent Print Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Interoperability
Introduction to Latent Fingerprint Analysis: Melissa Gische, Physical Scientist/Forensic Examiner, Latent Print Operations Unit, FBI Laboratory
Interoperability, Defined: Austin Hicklin, Fellow, Noblis
Federal Interoperability Issues: Lauren Reed, Director, U.S. Army Crime Laboratory
State and Local Interoperability Issues: David Russell, Director, Northern Virginia Regional Identification System (NOVARIS)

Lessons Learned from the United Kingdom
Mr. Andrew Rennison, Forensic Science Regulator, The Home Office, Government of the United Kingdom

The Role of Accreditation in Forensic Science
Accreditation, Defined: Beth Mishalanie, Senior Chemist and Quality Manager, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency
Accreditation in the Clinical Arena: Dr. Roger Klein, Medical Director, Molecular Oncology, Section of Molecular Pathology, Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Accreditation in a Law Enforcement Forensic Unit: Lt. Ross Randlett, Prince William County Police Department

OSAC Update

Written Public Comment
Commissioner Stephen Fienberg

Meeting Four

Achieving Latent Print Interoperability in the United States: Summary of Report and Recommendations
Ms. Tania Simoncelli, Assistant Director for Forensic Science, and Laura Gerhardt, Intern, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

Accreditation and Proficiency Testing Subcommittee Report
Co-Chairs Ms. Linda Jackson and Ms. Patricia Manzolillo

Scientific Inquiry and Research Subcommittee Report
Co-Chair Dr. Suzanne Bell

Status Report: Organization of Scientific Area Committees
Mr. Mark Stolorow, Director of OSAC Affairs, Special Programs Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Reporting and Testimony Subcommittee Report
Co-Chairs Judge Jed Rakoff and Mr. Matt Redle
Draft Work Product on Discovery Presented by Paul Gianelli

Identifying the Culprit:  Assessing Eyewitness Identification
Dr. Thomas Albright, Co-Chair, The National Academies Committee on Scientific Approaches to Understanding and Maximizing the Validity and Reliability of Eyewitness Identification in Law Enforcement and the Court

Proposal on the Survey Law Enforcement Forensic Science Service Providers
Ms. Erica Smith, Chief, Law Enforcement Statistics Unit and Matthew DuRose, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics

Meeting Five

Final Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Law Enforcement Survey

Final Draft Policy Recommendation on Universal Accreditation

Final Draft Policy Recommendation on Certification of Medicolegal Death Investigators

Final Draft Policy Recommendation on Accreditation of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices

Final Draft Views Document related to Scientific Literature in Support of Forensic Science and Practice

NCFS Process for Work Product Development

NCFS Guidance for the Adjudication of Public Comments

Update - Proposal on the Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Science Service Providers
Ms. Erica Smith, Chief, Law Enforcement Statistics Unit

Standards in Forensic Science
Gordon Gillerman, NIST Standards Coordination Office Director;
Warren Merkel, National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) Chief
Karen Reczek, NIST Standards Coordination Office Senior Standards Information Specialist & OSAC QIC Chair

Accreditation and Proficiency Testing Subcommittee Report
Co-Chairs Ms. Linda Jackson and Ms. Patricia Manzolillo
Policy Recommendation for Vote:  Universal Accreditation

Accreditation and Certification within the Medicolegal Death Investigation Community
Dr. Steven Clark, Director, Occupational and Research Assessment, Inc. 

Judicial Training in Forensic Science
Katheryn Yetter, Academic Director, National Judicial College
Judge Jeremy Fogel, Director, Federal Judicial Center
(no ppt used)
Judge Mark Atkinson, CEO, Texas Center for the Judiciary

Meeting Six

WORKING LUNCH: Organization of Scientific Area Committees: Update and Priority Action Reports

The Role of Forensic Science in Mass Fatality Management
Frank DePaolo, Executive Director, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York

Introduction of draft work product on Networking of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices
Randy Hanzlick, Chief Medical Examiner, Fulton County, Georgia and Margaret Warner, Injury Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Final DRAFT for NCFS Vote - Views Document Inconsistent Terminology

Final DRAFT for NCFS Vote - Defining Forensic Science and Related Terms

Final DRAFT for NCFS Vote - Universal Accreditation

Abstract Human Factors Best Practices

Abstract National Judicial College on Forensic Science

Abstract Evidence Retention and Preservation

The following work products were introduced at the sixth meeting of the NCFS held April 30 – May 1, 2015. The public comment period is now closed. If you would like to view public comments, please go to and enter docket number ODAG 153 and click on “Open Docket Folder.”

Administrative Overview

WORKING LUNCH: Exploring Issues Related to Evidence Preservation and Retention
Greg Matheson, Director, Los Angeles Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory (Retired)

Steve Campbell, President of the Board of Directors International Association of Property and Evidence

Shannan Williams, Forensic Science Research Project Manager, NIST

Introduction of Draft Work Product on Scientific Certainty

Final Vote on Universal Accreditation

Intial DRAFT Policy Recommendation on Increasing the Supply of Forensic Pathologists

Initial DRAFT Views Document on Testimony Using the Term Scientific Certainty

Initial DRAFT Views Document on Pretrial Discovery of Forensic Materials

Initial DRAFT Recommendation on Root Cause Analysis

Initial DRAFT Recommendation on National Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for the Forensic Sciences

Initial DRAFT Recommendation on AFIS Interoperability

Initial DRAFT Recommendation on MECIN

Updated June 1, 2015