Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $2,905,437)
To reduce the number of forensic DNA cases awaiting analysis, the ten Texas Department of Public Safety casework laboratories are requesting funds to support the employment of fourteen full time employees (FTEs). Ten of those FTEs are Forensic Biology/DNA Analysts and four of the FTEs are for Laboratory Technicians. A secondary goal is capacity enhancement. The DPS is asking to purchase four of the new generation of 24-capillary AB 3500XL genetic analyzers and eight AB 7500 series real-time PCR instruments. In conjunction with this work, DNA scientists will attend continuing education by attending DNA training workshops to retain their proficiency, enhance their skills and improve efficiency.