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Compliance with Standards Governing Combined DNA Index System Activities Broward County Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

April 2000
Office of the Inspector General


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 Broward County (Florida) Sheriff's Office Crime 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 two grants funded through the Department of Justice, one in 1996 and one in 1998, totaling $423,815.

Our audit generally covered the period from the implementation of CODIS at the Laboratory in March 1994 through August 1999. The objectives of the audit were to determine if the Laboratory:

We found that the Laboratory uploaded complete and accurate DNA profiles to NDIS; and, 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 and Other Reportable Matters sections of this report. Our audit scope and methodology appear in Appendix I; Appendix II contains background information; 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.