WASHINGTON
– Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today
introduced legislation to reauthorize the National Computer Forensics
Institute, which provides training to state and local law enforcement agencies.
The National Computer Forensics Institute Reauthorization Act of 2022
builds on the Strengthening
State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act
of 2017, which established the
NCFI and was authored by Grassley and Feinstein.

 

“Technology
helps us stay better connected, more organized and even more productive. But it
can also prove helpful in solving crimes. Law enforcement has long used
techniques like fingerprinting to crack cases. Now, digital forensics is
becoming more critical than ever in uncovering evidence that can help solve
crimes and bring perpetrators to justice. Since 2008, more than 18,000 people
have been trained at the National Computer Forensic Institute to do just that,
and 68% of those have been trained in the last five years. It’s clear that the
legislation that we sponsored in 2017 has enabled the institute to do a lot of
good, and our bill will help it continue to do so,” Grassley said.

 

“Since
the National Computer Forensics Institute was first authorized in 2017, law
enforcement around the country have benefitted from the training, techniques
and skills that it offers. Our bipartisan bill would ensure NCFI can continue
and expand its operations so American law enforcement has the best digital
forensics training possible,” Feinstein said.

 

The
NCFI has trained law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges from more
than 2,000 state and local agencies across the United States, including nearly
30 in Iowa. Grassley and Feinstein are long-time, influential members of the
Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

The
legislation is cosponsored by Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Amy Klobuchar
(D-Minn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tommy Tuberville
(R-Ala.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).

 

Text
of the National Computer Forensics Institute Reauthorization Act of 2022 is
available HERE.

 

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