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FBI Eliminated DNA Backlog, Audit Finds

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The FBI has eliminated a backlog of DNA samples and now works with a more manageable number of samples, according to an inspector general report released Friday.

In a 43-page report, investigators said the FBI’s effort to reduce its backlog resulted in a greater ability for state and local law enforcement to use the evidence in unsolved cases or cases without suspects.

In December 2009, the FBI’s crime lab accumulated a backlog of more than 312,000 samples.

The FBI now processes nearly 14,000 samples a month — a “manageable monthly workload,” according to the report.

To prevent another backlog, investigators recommend the FBI implement policies and procedures to track its workload levels. Investigators also recommended the FBI finalize a long-term plan for storing DNA samples.

Click here to read the full report.

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