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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



Gerald LaPorte, Subcommittee Chair, Florida International University

Gary Licht, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory (Quality Representative)

Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary


Miriam Angel, Los Angeles Police Department

Brett Bishop, Washington State Patrol (Quality Task Group member)

Ted Burkes, Private affiliation

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

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

Cami Fuglsby, South Dakota State University (Statistics Task Group member)

Lisa Hanson, Midwest Questioned Documents, LLC

Jan Seaman Kelly, Forensic Dynamics, LLC

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

Kevin Kulbacki, KDX Forensic Consulting, LLC

Melanie Elizabeth Maness, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mara Merlino, Ph.D., Kentucky State University

Joseph Merydith, California Department of Justice

John Paul Osborn, Self-employed

Carrie Polston, Sam Houston State University

Joseph Stephens, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Elaine Wooton, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 


Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

  • None currently.

Tier 2: Published by an Standards Developing Organization (SDO)

Tier 3: Send to an SDO

  • Scope of Expertise in Forensic Document Examination.
  • Standard for Forensic Examination of Handwritten Items.
  • Forensic Document Examination Terms and Reference.
  • Standard for the Preservation and Examination of Charred Documents.
  • Standard for the Examination of Liquid Soaked Documents.

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Standard Guide for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners.
  • Standard for Initial Evidence Assessment of Questioned Document Evidence.
  • Standard for the Expression of Conclusions in Handwriting Evidence. 
  • 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 June 9, 2021