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NIJ Support of NaMUS

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $500,000)

National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) will support the NAMUS Program and the Unidentified Decedent activities under the program. The goal of the NaMUS project is to provide the technical/professional capabilities required to facilitate the identification of the unidentified dead using technology and cooperation on the federal, state, and local levels. The Department of Justice and interested parties in Congress have moved this effort forward in 2007 to support the victims of crime. Dr. Steven Clark, Occupational Research and Assessment (ORA) and Dr. Randy Hanzlick (Fulton County Medical Examiner's Department) have developed the Unidentified Decedent Reporting System (UDRS) search engine, which has been endorsed by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and currently features 401 active cases. NCFS will provide support for the operation, management, improvement, and dissemination of the UDRS/NaMUS system via a subcontract with NAME, which will coordinate project activities, assessments, and updates with ORA, Inc. and NCFS.

Date Created: September 13, 2007