2020 Census of Publicly
Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories
Reinstatement without change of a previously approved
36 Months From Approved
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.
USC 3731 Name of Law: Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets
Act of 1968
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.