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NFSTC seeking computer forensic analyst

NFSTC is seeking a computer forensic analyst for a term position in Fort Bragg, NC to provide intelligence support to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  Job responsibilities include performing computer forensics exploitation analysis for captured enemy materials (which includes, but is not limited to, dissemination of latent fingerprints, digitized latent prints, forensics reports, production statistics for management status reporting and standard operating procedures).

This position is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated duration of 12 months based upon contract requirements. For additional details about this position or to submit you application online, visit the listing on NFSTC Careers at https://nfstc.hyrell.com/UI/Views/Applicant/VirtualStepPositionDetails.aspx?TemplateId=10567&tzi=Eastern%20Standard%20Time

White House reports on progress made in forensic science

It’s been almost five years since the National Academies of Science report highlighted the need for improvements in forensic science and we’re now starting to see some progress. A report released this week by the White House provides an overview of the accomplishments made since 2009 in the initiative to strengthen forensic science.

NFSTC applauds these efforts and the organizations helping to improve the science, policy and practice of forensic science. We’re proud to say we provided a significant amount of support to the agencies, projects and programs that led to the achievements outlined in the report.

NFSTC contributions include:

As the National Commission on Forensic Science begins its efforts, NFSTC is committed to continuing our support of the practitioners, agencies and organizations engaged in improving our industry.

Visit our website at http://www.nfstc.org to access all of the resources mentioned above and much more.

Download and read the full Strengthening Forensic Science progress report.

NFSTC partner FIC wins coveted Brandon Hall award

The Forensic Innovation Center, LLC (FIC), a partner firm of NFSTC, along with Sealund and Associates, has been selected by Brandon Hall to receive the silver Excellence in Technology award for Best Advance in Gaming or Simulation Technology.

The project selected for award is Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) Training, a computer/web-based program that uses virtual reality, gaming-style simulations to assist military personnel in learning to identify and collect forensic evidence on the battlefield. Developed and designed for the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), the training uses immersive, 3-D simulated environments to provide safe, realistic situations in which users can practice the skills learned throughout the course.

FIC developed the training program and selected Sealund and Associates to produce the 3-D simulations. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge retention of military users by providing simulated environments with increasing levels of complexity. The scenarios represent real-world situations personnel will likely encounter once deployed.

More information on the Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology awards can be found at http://brandonhall.com/excellence-technology.php?year=2013#Best Advance in Gaming or Simulation Technology

Want to streamline purchasing?

12 benefits of using the GSA schedule

If you are in charge of acquiring products and services for a Government agency, make it your resolution to use the GSA system. It can dramatically speed up the acquisition process – often reducing procurement from months to only a few days.

Following FAR requirements taking too much of your valuable time? GSA makes acquisition easy by cutting through the red tape. Vendors are already pre-vetted, small business set-asides are allowable, and subcontracting plans are issued at the contract level.

To learn more about the numerous benefits of using GSA, take a look at this list of 12 Reasons to Use GSA Schedules from GSA Interact.

As an approved GSA contract holder, it’s easy to do business with NFSTC. Whether you need customized training or have complex logistical needs, our GSA schedule provides pre-competed, on-demand contracts, allowing ordering to take a fraction of the time. So that you have it handy, visit www.nfstc.org/download/16 to download NFSTC’s GSA Price List now.

We’re looking forward to working with you via GSA to efficiently meet even your most complex Government requirements.

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Top 10 Forensic Science Stories of 2013

The world of forensic science was a great place to be in 2013. As we head into the final days of December, NFSTC’s Forensic Update took a look back at some of the most interesting stories of the year. Here’s what made our list:

#10: DNA advances identify everyone from shark victims to medieval kings.Update3

DNA advances in 2013 resulted in some historical identifications:

  • New victims of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center were identified from recovered bone fragments.
  • The remains of two missing fishermen found inside a tiger shark were positively identified, a rare occurrence as the shark’s highly acidic stomach rapidly destroys biological material.
  • On a lighter note, King Richard III, killed in 1485, was discovered under a car park in Leicester and identified using DNA from his very grandnephew.

#9: The blowflies are coming…north!

A northern migration of blowflies is causing scientists and investigators some concern. As a stopwatch for post-mortem intervals, the blowfly lifecycle is well understood, but as the bugs adjust to their new climate, scientists are scratching their heads as to the possible impact on investigations. Check out what National Geographic has to say about blowflies.

#8: National Commission on Forensic ScienceUpdate1

The National Commission on Forensic Science was created by DOJ and NIST as part of a new initiative to strengthen and enhance the practice of forensic science. Read the press release to learn more about the Commission.

#7: Fingerprint science hits the kitchen

Fingerprint analysis went into the kitchen in 2013. Advances include using turmeric for analyzing prints and new methods for collecting prints from smooth-skinned foods like apples and tomatoes. Hey bad buys, keep your mitts off the fruit.

#6: Crime labs of the future

NIST released a comprehensive Guide for Building 21st Century Crime Labs – detailing the nuts and bolts of creating labs that integrate the latest and greatest in equipment, efficiency, and sustainability.  Ready to renovate? Get the guide at NIST.gov.

#5: The forensic lab goes mobile

Significant technology advances in rapid DNA analysis, hand-held fingerprint drug testing, portable drug detection, biometrics systems, and advanced facial recognition can now take lab work into the field.

#4: Biological evidence: to freeze or not to freeze…Update4

The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook released by NIST and the National Institute of Justice outlines the do’s and don’ts of storing biological evidence. Get it at NIST publications online.

#3: Supreme Court rules DNA can be collected from arrestees

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that police can collect DNA from arrestees. As written, the DNA can be used only to identify the suspect in custody, not as an investigative tool. Ongoing effects of this ruling have yet to be determined.

#2: The A to Z of CSICrime-Scene-Investigation_Page_001

NFSTC released the updated Crime Scene Investigation Guide – 170 pages of detailed how-to for responding to crime scenes. More than 8,000 copies of the expanded guide have been downloaded. Before you head out to that next scene, get your fresh copy at NFSTC.org

#1: Forensic science now has… its own week!

It’s about time forensic science had its own week!  The very first National Forensic Science Week was held in August, and it was a smashing success. You can find a recap of the events on our website and we look forward to next year.

Will 2014 top these stories? Tune in to NFSTC’s Forensic Update and subscribe to our channels to get all the forensic science scoop next year.

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