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Watch NIST OSAC Webcast Live-Feb. 18th                              Visit NIST at the AAFS Annual Meeting 2014


NIST Guidance Groups: Input Received & Proposed Plan Development Presentation & Live Webcast
February 18, 2014

NIST presenters will share information received in response to the posted Notice of Inquiry inviting comments on the structure of forensic science guidance groups. In addition, information describing the launch of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) will be shared.

The development of a quality infrastructure for forensic science was a key component of some of the reforms anticipated in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report. In response to the report, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the US Department of Justice signed a bilateral agency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in March 2013 which specified the establishment of “Guidance Groups” now termed Scientific Area Committees (SACs). NIST created the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) model to promulgate NIST’s responsibility to administer and coordinate support for the discipline-specific SACs. In September 2013, NIST issued in the Federal Register a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to obtain national and international input on the establishment and structure of governance models. Eighty-two submissions were received in response to the NOI. NIST envisions uniform administration of development, promulgation and adoption of standards through the OSAC as well as supporting communication flow between the SACs and the forensic science community. The plan design intends to bring structure, scientific rigor and increased communication among forensic scientists, research scientists, academicians, statisticians, attorneys, managers and quality assurance specialists.


Meeting Location:

Meeting Time:
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time 


AAFS Annual Meeting

Seattle Convention Center
Seattle, WA

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Start Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
End Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Exhibit Booth


Watch Live Webcast

Important notes about Live Webcast: 
This webcast will be streamed from Mediasite by sonicfoundry, individuals logging in from personal computers/laptops may need to:
  • Install Silverlight PRIOR to logging on – this is needed in order to view the program 
  • If any participants use Safari on Mavericks, they will need to disable plugins power saver option. That should be turned off so that it doesn't prevent the media player from loading.

Technical Contact:

Donna Kimball

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