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Compliance with Standards Governing Combined DNA Index System Activities California Department of Justice
Berkeley DNA Laboratory
Berkeley, California

July 2000
Office of the Inspector General


The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of compliance with standards governing the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) activities at the California Department of Justice, Berkeley DNA 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 funds from two (1996 and 1998) U.S. Department of Justice grants, totaling $88,676 according to a laboratory official.

Our audit generally covered the period from the implementation of CODIS at the Laboratory in July 1994 through March 2000. The objectives of the audit were to determine if the Laboratory:

We found that the Laboratory generally complied with the QAS and NDIS requirements and, although the Laboratory generally uploaded complete and accurate DNA profiles in accordance with QAS, NDIS requirements, and state legislation, we noted the following instances of noncompliance.

The audit results are discussed in greater detail in the Findings and Recommendations and Other Reportable Matters sections of this report. Our audit scope and methodology appear in Appendix I, background information is contained in Appendix II, and the audit criteria are discussed in Appendix III. The history and status of DNA testing and CODIS use at the Laboratory appear in Appendix IV.