Compliance with Standards Governing Combined DNA Index System Activities
Commonwealth of Virginia
Division of Forensic Science Central Laboratory
Richmond, Virginia

Audit Report GR-30-00-005
September 2000
Office of the Inspector General

Executive Summary

The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of compliance with standards governing Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) activities at the Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Forensic Science Central Laboratory (Laboratory). CODIS is a national information repository maintained by the FBI that permits the storing, maintaining, tracking, and searching of DNA specimen information in order to facilitate the exchange of DNA information by law enforcement agencies. The Laboratory received four grants totaling $978,439, funded through the Department of Justice.

Our audit generally covered the period from the implementation of CODIS at the Laboratory in January 1991 through April 2000. The objectives of the audit were to determine if the Laboratory:

We found that the Laboratory uploaded complete and accurate DNA profiles to NDIS. Although the Laboratory generally complied with the QAS and NDIS requirements, we noted the following instances of noncompliance.

The audit results are discussed in greater detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Appendix I discusses our audit scope and methodology. Appendix II contains background infonnation; and Appendix III provides the audit criteria. Appendix IV covers the history and status of DNA testing and CODIS use at the Laboratory.