Audit Praises FBI Lab
September 16, 2011
An audit from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General credits the FBI with eliminating its backlog of DNA samples from convicted offenders, arrestees, and detainees.
Mollie Halpern: An audit from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) credits the FBI with eliminating its backlog of DNA samples from convicted offenders, arrestees, and detainees. Each person’s DNA is unique and can help solve crimes.
Douglas Hares, Ph.D.: The recent OIG report reinforces all the hard work and dedication of those at the FBI Laboratory.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is FBI, This Week. The FBI Lab successfully uploaded the DNA profiles into the national database in a relatively short amount of time. Dr. Douglas Hares, custodian of the FBI’s national DNA database...
Hares: From January 2010 to May 2011, we were able not only to upload 300,000 profiles in the system that was part of our backlog, but a total number of 500,000 profiles in that time frame.
Halpern: While the FBI’s greatest asset is its people, using cutting edge science and technology helped the Lab achieve its goal.
Hares: Robotics has enabled laboratories to eliminate their backlogs through high-volume processing.
Halpern: That’s what’s happening at the FBI, This Week.
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