Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
Lockheed Martin has a contract to supply Information Technology and Forensic Scientist professionals in support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) Program, based in Stafford, Va. The purpose of this CODIS Development and Maintenance Support and Services contract is to develop, test, deliver, maintain and support the CODIS Program. CODIS allows forensic laboratories to exchange and compare DNA profiles electronically, thereby linking serial crimes to each other to identify potential suspects by matching DNA from crime scenes to offenders.
We are seeking candidates with or without clearances and targeting technical candidates with the following skills:
- Certified Scrum Tech Professionals
- Configuration Management Professionals
- Data Architecture / Data Modeling Analysts
- Junior .Net Developers
- Senior .Net Architects
- Software Application Analysts
- Software Quality Assurance (QA) Specialists
- Software Test Engineers (specific experience with: MS Test Manager, Gherkin, Specflow, Pickles)
Candidates selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens and will also need to pass an FBI Background Investigation.
"CODIS" is both the more generic term used to describe the government's program of support for criminal justice DNA databases as well as the specific software and telecommunications backbone used to run these databases. CODIS has a three-tier hierarchy of Index Systems; the National DNA Index System (NDIS), State DNA Index System (SDIS), and Local DNA Index System (LDIS). The highest level in the CODIS hierarchy is NDIS, which contains the DNA profiles contributed by federal, state and local participating forensic laboratories in the U.S. There are currently more than 13 million searchable profiles from 192 NDIS participating laboratories. In addition, the CODIS software is deployed to more than 80 laboratories in more than 50 international countries, resulting in a sizable customer base of more than 290 domestic and international laboratories. The current statistics for NDIS can be found at www.FBI.gov.
The concept behind CODIS is to create a database of the federal and states' offender DNA profiles and use it to assist in linking and solving crimes for which there are no identified suspects. CODIS enables federal, state and local forensic laboratories to exchange and compare DNA profiles electronically, thereby linking serial crimes to one another and to known offenders. CODIS uses several indices to generate investigative leads in crimes where biological evidence is recovered from the crime scene. The Offender Index contains DNA profiles of individuals convicted, arrested or detained. The Forensic Index contains DNA profiles developed from crime scene evidence.
In addition, the CODIS software facilitates the identification of human remains through the use of DNA. The National Missing Persons DNA Database (NMPDD) was initially outlined in 1996 and funded by Congress in 1999. This program facilitates the collection and DNA typing of reference samples from relatives of missing persons which are placed in a database managed by CODIS. This program determines the DNA types of human remains in an attempt to associate those remains to missing persons. The Missing Person Index contains DNA records from missing persons. The Unidentified Human Remains (UHR) Index contains DNA records recovered from unidentified human remains. The Relatives of Missing Person Index contains DNA records voluntarily contributed from relatives of missing persons. The DNA profiles from missing persons and relatives are entered into CODIS for Pedigree Analysis. The goal of Pedigree Analysis is to link an unidentified person or UHR to the missing person's DNA. This is accomplished by generating a DNA profile from some personal item or the DNA from a biological relative. The most common type of DNA profile entered into CODIS is the Short Tandem Repeats (STR) DNA profile; however, a DNA profile cannot always be accomplished using only Short Tandem Repeats (STR) data. In some instances when the UHR are very old or degraded the STR data may not be possible to develop. Analysts are less likely to obtain STR data from older, compromised UHR. When STR data is limited or unavailable, genetic analysts rely upon mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to tie unidentified persons or remains to a biological relative. This functionality was originally developed as Next Generation CODIS (NGCODIS).
For more information about CODIS, please see https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/lab/biometric-analysis/codis.
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