The AAFS [American Academy of Forensic Science: http://www.aafs.org] previously requested comments whether it should support the new legislation proposed by consortium of forensic science organizations (CFSO) creating an office of forensic science within the Department of Justice, within the Center for Disease control or as an independent agency. Unfortunately, AAFS membership has been generally non-responsive to the proposed legislation.
It is imperative for the AAFS to maintain and voice its impartiality, stature and objectivity in the realm of forensic science. the position of the AAFS in this matter is important. Regardless of your position on the topic, your opinion and comments are an important part of the decision making process. The deadline for comments is March 21, 2017
The proposed bill to allow the US Department of Justice to take command and control of forensic science.
(a) IN GENERAL—There is established within the Department of Justice, Office of Justice 24 Programs (OJP), an Office of Forensic Science (OFS), headed by a Director, appointed 25 by the President, who shall report to Attorney General through the Assistant Attorney 26 General for OJP.
My response: RE: DOJ (CFSO_OFS_Proposal 3_6_17_Rev)
Putting the police in charge of forensic management and ultimate oversight is not a plan that will bode well because of the inherent pro prosecution bias endemic to these parties. I could use as support the numerous position statements rendered after the Nov 2016 PCAST report from LEOs, police ‘scientists’ and prosecutors but don’t want to belabor the obvious.
Mike Bowers DDS JD SCSA (IAI)
AAFS Fellow Odontology