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Application Form for NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees Coming Soon

March 18, 2014

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Contact: Linda Joy

The NIST Forensic Science Program expects to open the application process for members of the forensic science, criminal justice and academic research communities to join the new Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) this spring.

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The form will be available on the NIST forensic science website as soon as the agency receives approval under the federal Paperwork Reduction Act. A Federal Register notice was published today announcing NIST's intent to collect information from applicants. The notice is available online at www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/03/14/2014-05599/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request. The notice announces that NIST is seeking clearance of the form from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and invites comments through March 31.

The form will request submission of information so that NIST can select more than 500 individuals to serve on OSAC committees and subcommittees. NIST is in the process of establishing OSAC to coordinate development of standards and guidelines to improve quality and consistency of the practice of forensic science. Find more information about OSAC at www.nist.gov/forensics/osac.cfm.

The proposed application form will request the following information from applicants:

Employer classification (government, academic, private sector)
Education (degrees and major concentration)
Professional association affiliation
Primary job classification

  • Forensic Practitioner
  • Researcher
  • R&D Technology Partner
  • Educator/Trainer
  • Quality Assurance Administrator
  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Other

Committee or subcommittee for which you are applying

  • Anthropology Subcommittee
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Subcommittee
  • Controlled Substances Subcommittee
  • Disaster Victim Identification Subcommittee
  • DNA Analysis 2 (Interpretation) Subcommittee
  • DNA Analysis 1 (Methods) Subcommittee
  • Dogs and Sensors Subcommittee
  • Facial Identification Subcommittee
  • Firearms & Toolmarks Subcommittee
  • Fire Debris and Explosives Subcommittee
  • Fire Scene and Explosives Scene Subcommittee
  • Footwear & Tire Tread Subcommittee
  • Friction Ridge Subcommittee
  • Geological Materials Subcommittee
  • Gun Shot Residue Subcommittee
  • Human Factors Committee
  • Imaging Technologies Subcommittee
  • Legal Resource Committee
  • Materials/Trace Subcommittee
  • Medical/Legal Death Investigation Subcommittee
  • Odontology Subcommittee
  • Quality Infrastructure Committee
  • Questioned Documents Subcommittee
  • Scientific Area Committee (SAC) Biology/DNA
  • Scientific Area Committee (SAC) Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis
  • Scientific Area Committee (SAC) Crime Scene/Death Investigation
  • Scientific Area Committee (SAC) IT/Multimedia
  • Scientific Area Committee (SAC) Physics/Pattern
  • Speaker Recognition Subcommittee
  • Toxicology Subcommittee
  • Wildlife Forensics Subcommittee

Please write responses to the following:

  1. Years and type of relevant work experience in discipline/subject area: (explain, limit of 200 words)
  2. Standards/guidelines development experience (i.e. SWGs, ASTM, ISO, Chair, Member, etc.): (explain, limit of 200 words)
  3. Short description of relevant research experience related to subject matter: (explain, limit of 200 words)
  4. List any relevant publications that you have authored or co-authored: (explain, limit of 200 words)
  5. Other relevant experience (i.e. industry leadership, etc.): (explain, limit of 100 words)
  6. Key interest areas (i.e. terminology, conclusion scales, analytical techniques, etc.): (explain, limit of 100 words)

To receive announcements about OSAC developments, please go to www.nist.gov/forensics and enter your email address in the brown box in the far left column of this page, under "Sign up to receive news about NIST Forensic Science" and click "submit."