2020 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories

ICR 202103-1121-002

OMB: 1121-0269

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ICR Details
1121-0269 202103-1121-002
Received in OIRA 201411-1121-001
2020 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories
Reinstatement without change of a previously approved collection   No
Regular 03/26/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved
500 0
1,313 0
0 0

The Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Labs (CPFFCL) collects administrative data from the state, local, and federal crime labs operating in the United States and provides national statistics on personnel, budgets, workloads, and backlogs in requests for forensic services. It also provides information on quality assurance measures within publicly operated labs, including lab accreditations, proficiency testing programs, examiner certifications, and resources devoted to research. The census of all publicly funded forensic crime laboratories will be conducted in 2021, with a reference period of CY 2020. This is the fifth crime lab census conducted by BJS. The first crime lab census was conducted by BJS in 2003.

US Code: 42 USC 3731 Name of Law: Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968

Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 3198 01/14/2021
86 FR 15500 03/23/2021

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 500 0 0 -10 0 510
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 1,313 0 0 -166 0 1,479
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miscellaneous Actions
Miscellaneous Actions
A slight change in burden is expected for the 2020 CPFFCL relative to that of the 2014 CPFFCL. The burden estimate for the 2014 CPFFCL was 2.9 hours. BJS estimates the 2020 CPFFCL burden to be 2.5 hours (150 minutes) based on items that were eliminated and streamlined.

Yes Part B of Supporting Statement
Connor Brooks 202 514-8633


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.

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