The 2012 Executive Budget Document
Department of Forensic Science [ http://www.dfs.virginia.gov/ ]Mission Statement
The Department of Forensic Science’s mission is to protect the public’s safety, support law enforcement and the judiciary, and advance the growth and understanding of forensic science.Operating Budget Summary
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Personnel Cost|
|2009 Appropriation||$ 34,826,544||$ 1,505,984||$ 24,893,144|
|2010 Appropriation||$ 34,048,779||$ 3,026,279||$ 24,961,395|
|2011 Appropriation||$ 34,310,124||$ 1,505,984||$ 24,998,753|
|2012 Appropriation||$ 34,252,602||$ 1,505,984||$ 25,707,636|
|2013 Base Budget||$ 34,252,602||$ 1,505,984||$ 25,707,636|
|2013 Addenda||$ 2,282,115||$ 1,012||$ (619,958)|
|2013 Total||$ 36,534,717||$ 1,506,996||$ 25,087,678|
|2014 Base Budget||$ 34,252,602||$ 1,505,984||$ 25,707,636|
|2014 Addenda||$ 1,998,277||$ 1,012||$ (960,561)|
|2014 Total||$ 36,250,879||$ 1,506,996||$ 24,747,075|
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Total Positions|
|2013 Base Budget||314.00||0.00||314.00|
|2014 Base Budget||314.00||0.00||314.00|
Recommended Operating Budget Addenda
Properly align positions to correct service areasAllocates positions to the correct service areas based on actual and planned filled positions within the agency.
Reduce administrative support servicesReduces administrative support. The agency will use a combination of process revision, enhanced use of technology, and redistribution of workload to implement this strategy.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (24,820) $ (58,000) Authorized Positions $ (1) $ (1)
Fund changes in state employee workers' compensation premiumsAdjusts the agency's budget for the general fund share of state employee workers' compensation premiums based on the allocation of FY 2013 and FY 2014 program costs provided by the Department of Human Resource Management. The allocation is based on the historical experience of the agency and reflects the current policy of providing agencies with 50 percent of any increased costs and allowing agencies to retain 50 percent of any reduced costs.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 11,397 $ 12,837
Add funding for Norfolk Laboratory parking leaseProvides funding for capital lease payments on a parking structure at the Eastern Laboratory. The Norfolk laboratory building is occupied by the Division of Forensic Science, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Norfolk Public Health Center.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 157,500 $ 213,150
Allocate appropriation to correct service areasAligns appropriation to the correct service areas to properly reflect how the agency uses its funding.
Eliminate photo processing and support servicesEliminates photography support services. Only seven police departments in Virginia still rely on film photography and these agencies will have to obtain an alternate source of film development or convert to digital photography.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (136,635) $ (257,867) Authorized Positions $ (5) $ (5)
Adjust funding to reflect changes in information technology and telecommunication chargesAdjusts the agency's budget for the general fund share of information technology and telecommunication charges based on changes in utilization, services, and rate changes approved by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on July 1, 2010, and September 1, 2011.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 1,989,739 $ 1,989,739
Eliminate bloodstain pattern analysis servicesEliminates bloodstain pattern analysis services. This discipline averages only 20 cases annually and these services are available through federal laboratories, federal law enforcement agencies, and other local law enforcement agencies.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (26,156) $ (127,000) Authorized Positions $ (1) $ (1)
Reduce questioned documents servicesReduces the provision of questioned documents services by the agency. The demand for questioned documents services has dropped nearly half since 1997. Many local and state law enforcement agencies have personnel trained in questioned documents analysis and these services are also available through federal laboratories or federal law enforcement agencies.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ (166,779) $ (252,126) Authorized Positions $ (2) $ (2)
Increase capacity for controlled substances caseworkProvides funding to fill two existing controlled substances examiner positions and to purchase specific scientific equipment for controlled substances analyses. Methamphetamine forensic laboratory cases have increased and the agency has experienced a dramatic increase in synthetic cannabinoid and bath salt case submissions. These cases involve very complicated and time-consuming analyses.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 267,882 $ 267,557
Distribute Central Appropriation amounts to agency budgetsAdjusts the agency budget to reflect amounts moved to or from Central Appropriations to cover the costs of items such as changes in retirement and other benefit contribution rates, as well as the distribution of other centrally funded items.
FY 2013 FY 2014 General Fund $ 209,987 $ 209,987 Nongeneral Fund $ 1,012 $ 1,012
Revert surplus property fundsReverts funds accumulated by the agency through the sale of surplus property.
FY 2013 FY 2014 Resources $ 8,915 $ 0