Bipartisan legislation directed by the senses. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) to reauthorize the National Computer Forensics Institute, which provides training to state and local law enforcement, passed the Senate unanimously yesterday evening. The National Institute of Computer Forensics Reauthorization Act of 2022 relies on the Strengthening the National and Local Cybercrime Act 2017which authorized the NCFI and was authored by Grassley and Feinstein.
“Digital forensics is becoming more critical than ever to uncovering evidence that can help solve crimes and bring perpetrators to justice. Improved technology helps law enforcement stay better connected, more organized and even more productive in solving crimes. Since 2008, more than 18,000 people have been trained at the National Computer Forensic Institute to do just that, and 68% of them have been trained in the last five years. It is clear that the legislation 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.
“The NCFI helps train law enforcement across the country to strengthen and improve digital investigations. With more and more crimes involving computers or technology in one way or another, NCFI ensures law enforcement has the resources and skills to investigate computer crimes. I thank my Senate colleagues for passing our legislation to reauthorize this program,” Feinstein said.
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.
The legislation is co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) and Maggie Hassan (DN.H .).