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Joe Polski brings us the IAI September Update.
September, 2009 - IAI Monthly Update
By Joe Polski, IAI Chief Operations Officer
Hello again from the IAI office.
The 94th Annual International Conference is
now history and will be remembered as one of the best. With 137 lecture
sessions and 125 hands-on workshops, attendees were treated to an
unparalleled educational experience. There was something for everyone.
The session dealing with the recommendations of the National Academy of
Sciences was very interesting, informative and to some, controversial
but it the views expressed are reflective of where the forensic sciences
We thank outgoing board members Ken
Martin, Mike Campbell and John Kilgore for their dedication of time and
talent to the board and welcome newly elected board members Koren
Colbert, Laura Hutchins and Ken Blue. We congratulate Vici Inlow as she
assumes the position of President and also Lesley Hammer, the newly
elected Fourth Vice-President of the IAI. We look forward to working
with the new board during the upcoming year.
Some highlights from the board of
director’s meeting include:
change in the investment management firm handling the IAI’s
Distinguished Membership status to Lesley Hammer and Joseph
report from Ron Smith, Chair of the Standardization II Committee
noting that the work of the committee is approximately 75%
name change for the AFIS Committee to the Biometric Information
Systems Committee; this to enlarge the scope of the committee to
include systems such as iris and facial recognition
A couple of other items are of particular note.
The requirements for Active Membership were modified to
remove the requirement that applicants be government employees. For many
years, only those who received the salary from a government agency could
qualify for Active Membership. Today, there are many forensic
practitioners performing analyses in private laboratories or working for
companies that supply contract forensic services to the government. The
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD)
are among the largest users of such contractors. In many cases, the
individuals performing that work are at least as qualified in their
disciplines as those who work in government agencies. The board endorsed
and the membership ratified a by-law change removing the above
requirement. This will open Active Membership to many individuals who
previously would have to apply as Associate Members.
ATTN: Regional Representatives and Discipline
The above change will have a major effect on those who
must approve membership applications: the discipline sub-committee
chairs and the regional representatives. Because government agencies
typically require job applicants to undergo a fairly rigorous background
investigation, the IAI often relied on that hiring check when
considering approval of the applicant. Because the association will now
accept Active Membership applications from those outside government, it
will be incumbent on those who approve memberships to ensure the
applicant is indeed qualified for Active status and does not want to
simply credentialize themselves through IAI membership. If anyone has
questions regarding approval of membership applications, or this new
change, please contact the IAI office.
Certification Program Information
During the Tampa Conference, the Board of Directors
endorsed several changes to certification board policies that will
affect all boards. All IAI certifications are for five years with a one
year "grace period" at the end of those five years during which time
certificants may apply for recertification. Certification is technically
lapsed during that one year period and if the individual recertifies,
the date of recertification is retroactive to the date of expiration.
The board directed the Certification Quality Assurance
Committee to make appropriate changes to the Certification Board Policy
Manual eliminating that one year grace period. In its place will be a 90
day grace period during which time the applicant may apply for
recertification but a service charge of $50 will be added to the normal
recertification fee of $150. This will take effect after the appropriate
changes have been made to the policy manual. In addition, those whose
certifications are nearing expiration will be notified approximately one
year before that expiration in order to provide ample time to prepare
the documents and other materials required for recertification.
Another important change to certification policy will
primarily affect those certified in the Crime Scene Program, the Latent
Print Program and perhaps a few in the Footwear Program.
In order to meet the standards of the Forensic
Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) no grandfathered certificants may
be recertified unless they take the current test for the certification
level held. There are number of individuals in the Crime Scene and
Latent Print programs that are grandfathered. Those individuals will not
be allowed to recertify unless they take the examination now in place
for their respective certification. Both the Latent Print and Crime
Scene programs have a recertification proficiency test in place but that
is not what the recertification applicant will need to take. To
summarize, any grandfathered individuals who are currently certified
will not be able to recertify unless they take the current test for
certification. In the case of Crime Scene, that means the test for their
respective level of certification.
Brian Rose Fingerprint Identification Case
In 2007, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Susan
Souder made waves nationwide when she ruled in the homicide case
involving Brian Rose that a common technique for fingerprint analysis
was not reliable enough to use at trial. Following her decision, the
Baltimore County State’s Attorney dropped the charges against Rose and
the U.S. Attorney charged him federally.
Yesterday I received the following e-mail from Jack
Purcell, the assistant US attorney who prosecuted this case federally:
I am the AUSA in US v Brian Rose, CCB 08 049, a
carjacking/murder case. On 9/8/09 the US district court granted the
government's motion to allow admission of fingerprint evidence w/o a
Daubert hearing. This fingerprint evidence had previously been excluded
by a state judge in Baltimore County, MD. Please call with any
This is yet another victory for fingerprint
identification and we congratulate Mr. Purcell for his hard work in this
Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing
On September 9th, a
hearing regarding the recommendations of the National Academy of
Sciences forensic committee was held in Washington, DC. The CFSO was
represented as well as the law enforcement community, the Innocence
The hearing where the CFSO and law enforcement concerns
were brought to the attention of the committee went very well. The
hearing is available by webcast at:
As always, don’t hesitate to contact this office if you
have any questions.
The IEEE CBP program has officially
launched and the program website is live!
You can view the website by visiting
where we highlight the two main components of the program:
IEEE Certified Biometrics
Professional™ (CBP) Exam
(Registration Open Now)
IEEE Certified Biometrics
Professional™ (CBP) Learning System
The past twelve months have been especially busy and many subject-matter
experts committed significant time, energy, and expertise to the program
development. IEEE was fortunate to have your support and participation
in this effort. We wanted you to be among the first to know so that you
can see what your contributions have helped to achieve and so that you
can pass the word on to those who might benefit from this important new
Please forward this e-mail or the
CBP program website address to your colleagues and contacts who would be
interested in biometrics certification and training. The first
administration of the CBP exam is rapidly approaching (October 26 –
November 22, 2009) and we would appreciate your help in spreading the
If you have any questions, please contact
me directly or call +1-877-450-5001 (USA/Canada), +1-651-256-2811
(worldwide), or e-mail us at
Thank you once again for your support.
M. Eileen Fitzgerald, CAE
IEEE Educational Activities
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