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Funding for Fiscal Year 2013: DNA Analysis, Capacity Enhancement, and Other Forensic Activities

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Date Published
February 2015
12 pages
This report presents the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) funding decisions for FY 2013 regarding its support for DNA analysis, related forensic lab improvements, and other forensic activities.
NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2008, NIJ has received annual appropriations for the purposes of various DNA and other forensic science activities. In FY 2013, NIJ received $117 million in appropriations for DNA analysis and capacity enhancement, as well as for other local, State, and Federal forensic activities, including the purposes authorized under section 2 of the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000. Of the total amount appropriated, $97 million was designated for NIJ award grants, contracts, and interagency agreements in three broad categories. These categories were direct funding for, or in support of, State and local police departments and crime laboratories; DNA and other forensic sciences research and development; and training and technical assistance. Just over 75 percent of DNA and other forensic appropriates went to police departments and crime labs. Approximately $1.4 million was used to support DNA and other forensic science training and technical assistance. 11 endnotes

Date Published: February 1, 2015