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DNA Advisory Board Meeting

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Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice Start Printed Page 68159is hereby given that the DNA Advisory Board (DAB) will meet on Thursday, December 7, 2000 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202. All attendees will be admitted only after displaying personal identification which bears a photograph of the attendee.

The DAB's scope of authority is: To develop, and if appropriate, periodically revise, recommended standards for quality assurance to the Director of the FBI, including standards for testing the proficiency of forensic laboratories, and forensic analysts, in conducting analysis of DNA; To recommend standards to the Director of the FBI which specify criteria for quality assurance and proficiency tests to be applied to the various types of DNA analysis used by forensic laboratories, including statistical and population genetics issues affecting the evaluation of the frequency of occurrence of DNA profiles calculated from pertinent population database(s); To recommend standards for acceptance of DNA profiles in the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) which take account of relevant privacy, law enforcement and technical issues; and, To make recommendations for a system for grading proficiency testing performance to determine whether a laboratory is performing acceptably.

The topics to be discussed at this meeting include: a review of the minutes from the Wednesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 13, 2000 meeting in San Antonio, Texas and review and discussion of the Privacy Act Notice. This is the final meeting of the DAB before its term expires on December 31, 2000.

The meeting is open to the public on a first-come, first seated basis. Anyone wishing to address the DAB must notify the Designated Federal Employee (DFE) in writing at least twenty-four hours before the DAB meeting. The notification must include the requestor's name, organizational affiliation, a short statement describing the topic to be addressed, and the amount of time requested. Oral statements to the DAB will be limited to five minutes and limited to subject matter directly related to the DAB's agenda, unless otherwise permitted by the Chairman.

Any member of the public may file a written statement for the record concerning the DAB and its work before or after the meeting. Written statements for the record will be furnished to each DAB member for their consideration and will be included in the official minutes of a DAB meeting. Written statements must be type-written on 81/2″ x 11″ xerographic weight paper, one side only, and bound only by a paper clip (not stapled). All pages must be numbered. Statements should include the Name, Organizational Affiliation, Address, and Telephone number of the author(s). Written statements for the record will be included in minutes of the meeting immediately following the receipt of the written statement, unless the statement is received within three weeks of the meeting. Under this circumstance, the written statement will be included with the minutes of the following meeting. Written statements for the record should be submitted to the DFE.

Inquiries may be addressed to the DFE, Dr. Dwight E. Adams, Deputy Assistant Director, Laboratory Division—Room 3821, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20535-0001, (202) 324-6071, FAX (202) 324-1462.

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Dated: November 6, 2000.

Dwight E. Adams,

Deputy Assistant Director, Forensic Analysis Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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[FR Doc. 00-29043 Filed 11-13-00; 8:45 am]