March 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm #96057
The position of Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of Forensic Services within the
Office of Science and Technology at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) directs all activities of ATF’s
Laboratories Services and Financial Investigative Services, which
provide analytical examination of evidence and advisory services on
matters of a scientific and forensic nature in support of ATF’s criminal
and regulatory missions.
ATF’s Laboratory Services Division includes three forensic laboratories which are staffed by more than 100
personnel, including biologists, chemists, scientists, engineers,
fingerprint specialists, firearm and tool mark examiners, document
examiners and administrative support personnel. All of the ATF
laboratories are accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory
Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board. ATF also has a fire research
laboratory – the only facility of its kind in the world – that provides
the necessary facilities, equipment, and staff to work on important
fire investigation issues in support of criminal investigations.
Laboratory Services also oversees the National Integrated Ballistics
Information Network (NIBIN) program.
Financial Investigative Services has the responsibility to provide comprehensive financial
investigative and forensic auditing and accounting services to the
Bureau, in all program areas: arson, explosives, alcohol, tobacco, and
firearms, which also includes large, complex investigations involving
money laundering, illegal trafficking, and asset identification, seizure
The DAD serves as chief scientific and forensic advisor to the Bureau and works with the Assistant Director,
Field Operations to provide the necessary technical expertise and
assistance in ensuring the enforcement program is maximizing use of and
impact from the forensic services. He or she directs the operations of
the field to provide the maximum service while maintaining appropriate
professional, technical, and quality standards and carrying out a
program of research into new methods that will improve the services to
the operating programs. The DAD plans and directs research
programs supporting regulatory and criminal enforcement through the
appropriate laboratory chiefs and program managers. New techniques from
any of the forensic sciences and services must be continually evaluated
to determine their applicability to the ATF program. He or she serves as
liaison officer between the Bureau and the scientific and financial
communities, including laboratories and technical officials of other
agencies, colleges and universities, national and international
scientific and technical societies and technical groups from
See the full announcement here.
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