Paul Coverdell National Forensic Science Improvement Act "Coverdell"



The Coverdell program is administered by the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance and is designed to improve the quality, timeliness, and credibility of forensic science services for criminal justice purposes. In general, the National Forensic Science Improvement Act (NFSIA) provides funding to crime laboratories and medical examiners’ offices through the State Administrating Agency, like PCCD based on population and crime statistics.

The program permits funding for expenses related to facilities, personnel, computerization, equipment, supplies, accreditation, certification, education, and training. NFSIA requires that states receiving a grant under the program use the award to carry out all or a substantial part of a program to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services in the state. Included are those services provided by laboratories or medical examiners’ offices operated by the state and those operated by units of local government within the state. Funds may not be used for any general law enforcement or non-forensic investigatory function.