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GAO Reviews DOJ’s DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Grant Program

GAO’s preliminary analysis found that, among the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program (CEBR) grantees (state and local entities with forensic crime labs), the reported aggregated backlog of crime scene DNA analysis requests has increased by 77 percent from 2011-2016.

The growth in this reported aggregate backlog is the result of labs receiving more requests than they were able to complete, although they were receiving and completing more requests.

GAO’s preliminary analysis also found that the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)—the component within DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) that is responsible for administering CEBR grants—has not defined CEBR program-wide goals in clear, specific, and measurable terms. Additionally, GAO’s ongoing work identified statements in NIJ and CEBR program documentation that communicated program-wide goals, but the documentation did not consistently identify the same goals or cite the same number of goals. GAO continues to evaluate CEBR program goals and is in the process of evaluating related CEBR performance measures as part of its ongoing work.

GAO’s preliminary analysis found that OJP has some controls to implement federal requirements associated with conflicts of interest and lobbying that apply to both OJP CEBR grant administrators as well as recipients of CEBR grant funding, but OJP has not fully established all appropriate controls related to lobbying.

Read the GAO report

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