(US) US Department of Justice Interim Policy on Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis

Jan Meisels Allen



The United States Department of Justice has announced their interim policy on Forensic Genealogy DNA Analysis. They announced it a the International Symposium on Human Identification and becomes effective on November 1, 2019. While they say stakeholders may comment before the policy becomes final, as the DOJ did not contact the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC )for background or were contacted about the release of the draft rule.  We do not know if we –the genealogical community-- are considered stakeholders. The policy announcement  appeared on the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) website.


The  policy applies to “…Department of Justice forensic science components and to investigations in which Department employees or contractors conduct genealogical research. It also applies to state, local, and tribal agencies or units of government that receive federal funding or grant funding for purposes of genetic genealogical DNA analysis or searching.” The policy does not address genealogical standards or genetic genealogy standards or forensic genealogy.


To read the interim policy go to: https://tinyurl.com/y3o69ozh

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To read their announcement go to: https://tinyurl.com/y5jtj2ha

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Thank you to Barbara Jean Mathews, CG, FASG participant on the Records Preservation and Access Committee and Massachusetts Genealogical Council for sharing this information  and to Melinde Lutz Byrne CG, FASG who first learned the information and shared with Barbara .


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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