Next PCAST Meeting Just Might Revisit Forensic Science

The first meeting of 2016 for the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled for January 1615 in Washington, D.C.  There is (as of this writing) no agenda available, and no Federal Register announcement to even suggest what might be covered.

However, there is this Federal Register announcement from December 1st about PCAST soliciting responses to specific questions about forensic science.  The post with the questions is dated November 20 and responses are being accepted through Wednesday.

PCAST meetings have discussed forensic science before, but the questions (which cover current practice, new technologies, and other sources for useful information) suggest that the council may be preparing a report on the matter.  If forensic science is on the agenda for the January meeting, I would be surprised not to hear some mention of the request for comment, but I don’t know if a report will be discussed – especially if things are in the early stages.  An agenda, likely arriving early in the new year, could settle matters.

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