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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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NFSTC wins Graphic Design USA award

NFSTC recently won a prestigious award from Graphic Design USA in their annual American Inhouse Design Award competition for the design of the website, www.ForensicScienceSimplified.org. These coveted awards are granted to outstanding work by inhouse designers.

Forensic Science Simplified homepage
ForensicScienceSimplified.org is equally at home on a tablet, mobile device or desktop computer.

Becky Carter, the graphic designer at NFSTC who was recognized with this award, consistently develops eye-catching, innovative designs. ForensicScienceSimplified.org is meant for non-scientists, and the design echoes that simple feel, using fun, pixilated icons and a simple, consistent navigation.

Carter used a “responsive” web design approach for the website so that it can be viewed from any type of platform – from a widescreen desktop to a smartphone. The site responds appropriately when accessed by any kind of device, with no adjustments required by the user. When viewed on a desktop monitor, additional graphic elements are added. When viewed from a smartphone, the extra graphics are eliminated and columns reduce in size to fit the screen.

While seamless for the user, this required that Carter create four different layouts – one for each viewing platform. The responsive web design also allows for a simple, intuitive home page that prompts the user to click on one of a dozen or more stylized icons to open each module.

The content was developed by NFSTC staff writers in concert with noted subject matter experts from each discipline. The text was enhanced using photos and short video clips when possible. Funded by a cooperative agreement from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (award #2009-D1-BX-K028), the website has proven to be a popular destination for anyone wishing to learn the basics of forensic science – from police officers to science students to crime fiction writers.

The ROTC class of 2013 has arrived!

NFSTC’s ROTC Biometrics and Forensics Internship is now under way at the Largo training facility.  A dozen cadets from around the country will receive basic forensic training and hands on practice applying crime scene investigation techniques.

The course includes crime scene investigation, IEDs and post-blast investigation, firearms, biologics, trace and computer forensics over the next two weeks.

Want to follow along? We’ll be posting pictures of their progress on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/nfstc.

Thank you for voting!

On this election day, NFSTC reminds you to take a little time understand the candidates and issues, and to vote.  Your ballot is your opportunity to participate in the decision-making process that guides progress for the United States of America.  It is your right and your privilege as set forth in our Constitution.

“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

Dwight D.Eisenhower

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

John Quincy Adams

If you voted by mail, voted early or stand in line on November 6 to cast your ballot, thank you.

Intermediate CSI training featured in Evidence Technology magazine

Trainee in mock-crime scene exercise
Corporal Joe Campbell takes a measurement during the mock-crime scene portion of the Intermediate CSI training program.

In the online edition of Evidence Technology magazine, Corporal Joe Campbell, Homicide Crime Scene Supervisor of the Tulsa, OK, Police Department, shares his experience of hands-on training at NFSTC.

“The indoor crime scene scenarios available at NFSTC make the training extremely realistic … this training is as close to the real thing as you can get,” said Campbell.

“Many crime scene investigators acquire most of their skills on the job. However, in this day of the CSI effect, juries won’t just accept that you’re an expert – they will ask you about the kind of training you’ve had,” said Campbell.

The Intermediate Crime Scene training program, funded by the National Institute of Justice, introduced Campbell and fellow investigators to new tools and techniques that quickly found applications in real-life investigations.

Read the article online at: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/evidencetechnology/20120708/index.php?startid=D1#/22

This training program was provided at no cost to eligible applicants in partnership with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Cooperative Agreement Award #2010-DN-BX-K266.