Compliance with Standards Governing Combined DNA Index System Activities
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory
Raleigh, North Carolina
Audit Report GR-40-00-013
Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of compliance with standards governing the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) activities at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory (Laboratory). CODIS is a national information repository maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that permits the storing, maintaining, tracking, and searching of DNA specimen information in order to facilitate the exchange of DNA information by law enforcement agencies. The Laboratory received two grants, totaling $279,000, funded through the Department of Justice.
Our audit generally covered the period from the implementation of CODIS at the Laboratory in November 1996 through March 2000. The objectives of the audit were to determine if the Laboratory:
We found that the Laboratory uploaded complete and accurate DNA profiles to NDIS; and, although the Laboratory generally complied with the QAS and NDIS requirements, we noted the following instance of noncompliance.
The audit results are discussed in greater detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of this report. Our audit scope and methodology appear in Appendix I, background information is contained in Appendix II, and the audit criteria are discussed in Appendix III. The history and status of DNA testing and CODIS use at the Laboratory appear in Appendix IV.