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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



Lisa Hanson, Subcommittee Chair, Midwest Questioned Documents, LLC

Miriam Angel, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Los Angeles Police Department

Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary


Ted Burkes, Private affiliation (Quality Task Group representative)

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

Todd Edelman, Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Legal Task Group representative)

Mark Goff, Michigan State Police

Jan Kelly, Forensic Dynamics, LLC

Jeff Kukucka, Towson University (Human Factors Task Group representative)

Kevin Kulbacki, KDX Forensic Consulting, LLC

Melanie Maness, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Joseph Merydith, California Department of Justice


Jennifer Naso, Riley Welch LaPorte & Associates

John Osborn, Osborn & Son

Kelsey Osborn, Osborn & Son

Carrie Polston, Sam Houston State University



Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Sent to an SDO

  • Scope of Expertise in Forensic Document Examination.
  • Standard for Forensic Examination of Handwritten Items.
  • Forensic Document Examination Terms and Definitions.
  • Standard for the Preservation and Examination of Charred Documents.
  • Standard for the Examination of Liquid Soaked Documents.
  • Standard Guide for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners.

Under Development

  • Standard for Initial Evidence Assessment for Forensic Document Examiners.
  • Standard for the Expression of Conclusions in Handwriting Examinations. 
  • Standard Test Methods for the Comparison of Writing and Inkjet Inks.
  • Standard for the Examination of Dry Seals.
  • 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 April 22, 2022