RD565 - Forensic Science Board 2023 Annual Report

Executive Summary:

Virginia Code § 9.1-1110(B) requires the Forensic Science Board (FSB) to review and make recommendations by November 1 of each year concerning items 1 through 6 below. Chapter 473 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly requires that information about use of the Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) Tracking System also be included in the Forensic Science Board’s Annual Report. Accordingly, this Report is broken out into the following seven sections:

1. New major programs and plans for the activities of the Department of Forensic Science (“DFS" or “the Department") and elimination of programs no longer needed;

2. Policy and priorities in response to agency needs;

3. General fiscal year operational budget and any major changes in appropriated funds;

4. Actions to foster and promote coordination and cooperation between DFS and the user programs which are served;

5. Rules and regulations necessary to carry out the purposes and intent of Chapter 11 of Title 9.1 of the Code of Virginia;

6. Any recommendations submitted to the Board or the Director by the Scientific Advisory Committee; and

7. Use of the Physical Evidence Recovery Kit Tracking System.

The Forensic Science Board held meetings on January 4, 2023 (all virtual), April 10, 2023 (in person), July 19, 2023 (in person) and October 12, 2023 (in person). The in-person meetings were held at the DFS Central Laboratory in Richmond. A list of members of the Board is included as Attachment A.

Pursuant to Va. Code § 9.1-1110(B) and Chapter 473 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly, the Board makes this report.