I hope the Mods are ok with me posting this. If not, please let me know where a better place would be... There was an article that came out yesterday regarding some of the issues that have arisen recently surrounding the funding of NamUs. While UNTCHI has accepted the FY21 grant from NIJ there is still an expectation that there will be layoffs. Additionally, all forensic and victims services that NamUs has traditionally provided free-of-charge outside have been halted for the foreseeable future unless originating from Texas. It seems that it has been forgotten that the NamUs program is effective not because of a nice database but because of the hard work of people behind the scenes. Data can become garbage without effective stewards and many of NamUs' key employees are uncertain of their future after December 31. An uncertain future for NamUs can make the work of this community magnitudes more difficult. If you can, please consider reaching out to your Congressional House and Senate representation and urge them to find a permanent home and funding mechanism for NamUs. If you live in Ft. Worth, consider reaching out to your local electeds to put pressure on UNTHSC to maintain their stated commitment to the NamUs program.