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File #: 21-2716    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Submit Applications Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 6/1/2021 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 6/8/2021 Final action:
Title: Request by the Institute of Forensic Sciences for authorization to submit an application to the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance for grant funds in the amount of $689,593, with no required match, for the FY2021 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program.
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To: Harris County Commissioners Court

Through: Luis A. Sanchez, M.D., Executive Director & Chief Medical Examiner, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
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Prepared By: Robin Alewine, Grant Analyst, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

Subject: Grant Item for June 8, 2021 Court Agenda
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Project ID (If applicable]: Grant Application #O-BJA-2021-28001

Purpose and Request:
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Request by the Institute of Forensic Sciences for authorization to submit an application to the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance for grant funds in the amount of $689,593, with no required match, for the FY2021 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program.
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Background and Discussion:
The goal of this project is to provide assistance for minimizing backlogs by either implementation of new systems or directly impacting existing systems through overtime, training, outsourcing of casework, and supplies.


Fiscal Impact:
This is a two (2) year grant with a total project cost of $689,593.00. The project is 100% grant-funded with no cash match requirement.


Fiscal Summary

Expenditures
FY 20-21
FY 21-22 Projected
Future Years Projected [3 additional years]
Service Impacted:
[Please provide service or division where expenditure will be used]*

Forensic Genetics Laboratory
N/A
Existing Budget
|101010|Additional Appropriation Requested
|101010|Total Expenditures
|101010|Funding Sources



Existing Department Budget
|101010|DOJ/Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant



FY2021 DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction Program*

$344,796.50
344,796.50
Total Sources

344,796.50
344,796.50


Alternatives:
There are very few, if any, alternatives or other resources available for this type of program. If HCIFS does not receive this award, the program would have to be funded by the general fund.




Alignment with Strategic Objective:
This program meets the goals of the agency by emphasizing process improvement, mo...

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