Issue Date: March 16, 2009
Congress Examines Forensic Science
The House Science & Technology Subcommittee on Technology & Innovation held a hearing on March 10 to look at the status of forensic science. The hearing was in response to a National Academies’ report (C&EN, Feb. 23, page 7), and it looked at the report’s recommendation to create a new independent agency to lead forensic science efforts. The new agency would provide oversight and quality assurance, according to the report. Some in Congress are hesitant to support such a plan. “I would like to explore how we can build upon and improve existing federal capabilities rather than trying to create a whole new government structure,” Subcommittee Chairman David Wu (D-Ore.) said. The hearing explored the potential role NIST could play in an alternative scenario to the Academies’ recommendation. More hearings are expected.
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