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Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee

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The Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the forensic analysis, comparison, and evaluation of documents.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products



Miriam Angel, Subcommittee Chair, Los Angeles Police Department

Kelsey Osborn, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Osborn & Son (self)

Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary


Brett Bishop, Washington State Patrol

Kate Butler, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Aurora S. Dumitra, New York Police Department - Police Laboratory

Mark Goff, Michigan State Police 

Jocelyn Kaoutzanis, U.S. Attorneys Office, District of Connecticut (Legal Task Group representative)

Jeff Kukucka, Towson University (Human Factors Task Group Co-Vice Chair)

Mara Merlino, Kentucky State University

Jennifer Naso, Riley Welch LaPorte & Associates

Mary (Meg) O'Brien, U.S. Secret Service

John Osborn, Osborn & Son

Carrie Polston, Sam Houston State University

Sarah Pryor, Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory

Stephanie Reinders, Iowa State University (Statistics Task Group Executive Secretary)

Thomas Riley, Riley Forensic Science Consulting & Training, LLC

Kristen Welch, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Forensic Document Examination Affiliates


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On the OSAC Registry

  • ANSI/ASB Standard 011, Scope of Expertise in Forensic Document Examination. 2022. 1st. Ed. (added April 4, 2023).
  •  ANSI/ASB Standard 044, Standard for Examination of Documents for Indentations. 2019. 1st. Ed. (added September 5, 2023).

Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO) & Eligible for the OSAC Registry

Sent to an SDO for Further Development & Publication

  • Forensic Document Examination Terms and Definitions.
  • Standard Guide for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners.

Under Development

  • OSAC 2022-S-0034, Standard for the Expression of Source Opinions in Forensic Document Examination
  • OSAC 2024-S-0017, Standard for the Forensic Physical Fit Examination of Documentary Evidence.
  • Standard Test Methods for the Comparison of Writing and Inkjet Inks.
  • Standard for Initial Evidence Assessment for Forensic Document Examiners.
  • Standard Collection for Known Writing.

Other Work Products

Research & Development Needs

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Created July 11, 2014, Updated June 3, 2024