HB-34 Report on Field Drug Testing and Crime Scene Investigation
December 18, 2018
The Commission recently published a report pursuant to the 85th Legislature's HB-34 describing its recommendations with regard to field drug testing and crime scene investigation in Texas. Report Copy.
Office of Court Administration Publishes Annual Report
December 03, 2018
The Office of Court Administration, the Forensic Science Commission's parent agency, published the Annual Report of the Judicial Support Agencies, Boards and Commissions. The report provides an overview of the activities and accomplishments of these entities during Fiscal Year 2018.
Governor Abbott Reappoints Five To The Texas Forensic Science Commission
Commission Releases General Forensic Analyst Licensing Exam Pilot Results
Commission Releases Sixth Annual Report
January 24, 2018
On December 1, 2017, the Commission released its Sixth Annual Report, covering Commission activities from December 1, 2016 through November 30, 2017.
The Commission recently hired a Senior Scientific Advisor, D. Jody Koehler, to assist the Commission and its staff in the technical aspects of the Commission's investigative, accreditation and licensing programs.
Speaking of Error in Forensic Science
September 06, 2017
Some forensic scientists are working to modernize the air travel industry’s approach to managing error, and many of them were present at the International Forensic Science Error Management Symposium, held last month at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Read the full article on the NIST website.
National Institute of Justice Releases Report on State Forensic Science Commissions
April 03, 2017
Read the full report.
Read Governor Abbott's announcement and biographies of each of the appointees, on the Office of the Governor's website.
DPS Issues New Protocols for Analyzing Blood Alcohol
November 10, 2016
Read the TDCAA article regarding the change.
Galveston County District Attorney Receives Prosecutor of the Year Award for Role in Resolving DNA Mixture Issues in Texas
September 22, 2016
Read the full article on the TDCAA website.
Drs. Bieber, Buckleton, Budowle, Butler, and Coble Publish Evaluation of Forensic DNA Mixture Evidence
September 06, 2016
Drs. Bieber, Buckleton, Budowle, Butler, and Coble published Evaluation of Forensic DNA Mixture Evidence: Protocol for Evaluation, Interpretation, and Statistical Calculations Using the Combined Probability of Inclusion in BioMed Central.
Read the full report on the BioMed Central website.
Commission Releases Austin Police Department DNA Section Audit Report
July 12, 2016
Download the report from Dropbox.
In a December 7, 2015 statement, the largest professional organization of fire investigators in the world, the International Association for Arson Investigators (IAAI), endorsed the Texas model for multidiscipline science review panels.
TDCAA Issues Guidance for Prosecutors in DNA Mixture Cases
November 06, 2015
Read the guidelines on the TDCAA website.
A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides best practices for preserving biological evidence.
2009 Census of Publicly Funded Crime Labs Released
September 02, 2012
The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released the Census Of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2009. This report presents data on the more than 400 state, municipal, county, and federal crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2009.