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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 | StandardsDiscipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Research & Development Needs | Presentations



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 Representative)

Ted Burkes, Private affiliation

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

Marie Durina, Private affiliation

Todd Edelman, Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Legal Representative)

Cami Fuglsby, South Dakota State University (Statistics Representative)

Jan Seaman Kelly, Forensic Dynamics, LLC

Jeff Kukucka, Towson University (Human Factors Representative)

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 a 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 for Forensic Examination of Handwritten Items.
  • Standard Test Methods for the Comparison of Writing and Inkjet Inks. 
  • Standard for the Examination of Dry Seals.
  • Standard Collection for Known Writing.

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines. 

These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.

It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registry constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.

Research & Development Needs


  • None currently.
Created July 11, 2014, Updated January 22, 2021