NIST accepts applications for participation in OSAC on a continuous basis.
With the exception of invited guests, all participants in OSAC must complete the application form. The applicant pool will be used for selection of OSAC Members and OSAC Affiliates. Members may serve on the board, committees and subcommittees, and may also serve on Task Groups. Affiliates will be selected to serve on Task Groups as needed. OSAC Task Groups may be populated by Members or a combination of Members and Affiliates.
Membership Commitment Requirements
All positions on the OSAC will be 3-year terms. It is anticipated that the FSSB, SACs, resource committees, and subcommittees will conduct business using both in-person and virtual meetings. The FSSB, SACs, and subcommittees will conduct at least one in-person meeting per year. NIST will pay travel, lodging, and per diem expenses for members.
Virtual meetings will occur periodically to accomplish the objectives of all committees and subcommittees and are expected to require a total of 5 days or less throughout the year. Other time commitments include reviewing and editing documents on a periodic basis.
Virtual meetings and virtual training will be held prior to in-person meetings to ensure members are knowledgeable of their duties and OSAC processes.
NIST announced the formation of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) in February 2014. The OSAC components – the Forensic Science Standards Board, resource committees, scientific area committees and subcommittees – are made up of members of the forensic science community, including those in government, academia and industry.
To create a sustainable organizational infrastructure dedicated to identifying and fostering the development of technically sound, consensus-based documentary standards and guidelines for widespread adoption throughout the forensic science community.
This infrastructure will strengthen the nation's use of forensic science by promoting the adoption of scientifically valid forensic science standards and guidelines and providing insight on each forensic discipline's research and measurement standards gaps.
To view the current organizational chart and access more information on the objectives and anticipated work products of OSAC, please visit our website.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully prepare responses to the six questions at the end of the application prior to inserting them in the appropriate boxes. Please note the character limitations for each question.
Applications are kept on file indefinitely by OSAC for use by the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB), Scientific Area Committees (SACs), Resource Committees (RCs), and Subcommittees to make future selections of members and affiliates.
Prior to filling out the application, please view descriptions of the Committees and Subcommittees at the OSAC Organizational Structure page.