The Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee will focus on standards and guidelines related to the forensic analysis, comparison, and evaluation of documents.
Gerald LaPorte, Subcommittee Chair, National Institute of Justice
John Paul Osborn, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Osborn and Son
Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary
Miriam Angel, Los Angeles Police Department
Brett Bishop, Washington State Patrol
Mark Goff, Michigan Department of State Police
Derek Hammond, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory
Lisa Hanson, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Laboratory
Jan Seaman Kelly, Forensic Dynamics LLC
Kevin Kulbacki, Internal Revenue Service National Forensic Laboratory
Mark Lancaster, Ph.D., Northern Kentucky University
Gary Licht, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory
None at this time.
Hector Maldonado, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mara Merlino, Ph.D., Kentucky State University
Karen Nobles, Forensic Document Services, LLC
Christopher Saunders, Ph.D., South Dakota State University
Joseph Stephens, U.S. Secret Service
Peter Tytell, Forensic Research, LLC
Rigo Vargas, Mississippi Crime Laboratory
Elaine Wooton, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory
See the Research & Development Needs identified by the Forensic Document Examination subcommittee.
- Under Development:
Standard Guide for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners (Standard Training Program for Forensic Document Examiners)
Standard Terminology Relating to The Examination of Questioned Documents
Standard for Source Conclusions
Forensic Document Examination Bibliography
Standard for Collection of Known Writing
Standard for Initial Assessment of Questioned Document Evidence
Standard for the Examination of Writing Inks
Non-destructive Examination of Paper
Examination of Documents Produced with Liquid Ink Jet Technology
Examination of Documents Produced with Toner Technology
Examination of Typewritten Items
Standard for the Examination of Rubber Stamp and Stamped Impressions
Standard for the Examination of Dry Seals and Dry Seal Impressions
Examination of Financial, Identification, and Other Authorized Documents
Standard for the Examination of Charred Documents
Standard for the Examination of Liquid Soaked Documents
Standard for Examination of Handwritten Items
- Work Product Sent to SDO:
- Scope of Expertise in Forensic Document Examination
- Standard for Examination of Indented Writing
- Standard for Examination of Alterations and Obliterations
- SDO Published:
- None at this time.
- Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process:
- None at this time.
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 Registries 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.
None at this time.
In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015