With the February 2013 announcement of the Memorandum of Understanding
between the Department of Justice and the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST), oversight of the Scientific Working
Groups (SWGs) is moving to NIST.
However, with the federal government still operating on a continuing
resolution and Congress needing to reach a deal by January 15, 2014, to
avoid another federal government shutdown, it will be difficult for NIST
to take any action until those budget issues are resolved.
Even without funding, I am encouraged by the resources NIST has
allocated to the development of the new program. As is true with many
federal government projects, the transition is slower than what any of
us would prefer, but I believe we are moving in a direction that will
strengthen the standing and work product of the SWGs.
Message from the SWGFAST
11-17-13: Updated the Message from the Chair
and added a
letter of interest to the Resources page
9-8-2013: Updated the comment period date to
Sept 30, 2013.
6-26-13: Updated the comment form to .xls
instead of .xlxs
6-2-13: Updated the e-mail address of the new
Executive Secretary, Rachelle Babler. Welcome Rachelle!!
4-28-13: Posted the new Message from the Chair
and linked to the new comments form on the Documents page
4-27-13: Posted new drafts for comment, newly
formatted existing docs, and a new position statement.
4-7-2013: Updated the Message from the Chair
2-9-13: Minor update to the title of a document
- capitalization of a word
01-06-13: Posted the Individualization /
Identification Position Statement
11-26-12: Updated the Message from the Chair.
11-25-12: Updated Archived documents.
11-24-12: Updated re-formatted existing
documents and new documents
11-7-12: Updated the Membership information
10-2-12: Added a FAQ
related to ACE-V; Updated the Documents page with reference to
the comment period being currently closed.
9-4-12: Updated the Terminology document with
new terms from the Error Rate document
8-12-12: updated the reference to the version
number in the Reporting document and table; arranged current
documents in the current area and drafts in the draft area
7-26-12: Made some link updates on the
7-22-12: replaced the examinations/conclusions
document with the version containing an updated NIST diagram; updated
the Reporting document to be a final document (not a draft);
updated the simultaneous document to reflect "Latent" only;
updated the Conduct, Blind Verification, Validation, &
Terminology documents to reflect "Latent & Tenprint"
6-23-12: Posted the final
rate document and the new Draft
4-21-12: Posted the latest SWGFAST
documents: many new drafts for
comments and 2 new position papers under "Other Documents"
3-25-12: Updated the
3-14-12: Posted the
link to the 2012 NIST Human Factors working group report
Read about the
growth of SWGFAST
At the end of September, NIST published a Notice of Inquiry in The
Federal Register regarding Possible Models for the Administration and
Support of Discipline-Specific Guidance Groups for Forensic Science.
The response submitted by SWGFAST may be viewed by selecting the
link on the Resources page.
Melissa R. Gische,
Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge
Analysis, Study and Technology