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Biological Data Interpretation & Reporting Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Biological Data Interpretation & Reporting Subcommittee
Members of the OSAC Biological Data Interpretation & Reporting Subcommittee (July 2019)

The Biological Data Interpretation and Reporting Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to scientifically valid methods of interpretation, statistical analysis and reporting of biological results.

Officers | Members | OSAC Registry Approved Documents | Documents in Process | Research & Development Needs | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Presentations

Officers

Beth Ordeman, Subcommittee Chair, Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory

Vacant, Subcommittee Vice Chair

Vacant, Executive Secretary

Members

Lisa Marie Brewer, Glendale (California) Police Department

Lynn Burley, Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory

Michael Coble, Ph.D., University of North Texas

Jerilyn Conway, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Julie French, GE Healthcare

Brian Higgins, Defense Forensic Science Center

Tim Kalafut, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory/Defense Forensic Science Center

Marla Kaplan, Oregon State Police

Rebekah Kay, Utah Bureau of Forensic Services

Melissa Kotkin, Verogen

Eugene Y. Lien, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Department of Forensic Biology

Michael Marciano, Syracuse University

Heather McKiernan, Center for Forensic Science Research and Education

Andrew P. McWhorter, Texas Department of Public Safety

Shawn Montpetit, San Diego (California) Police Department Crime Laboratory

Steven Myers, California Department of Justice

Susan Walsh, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Christian Westring, Ph.D., Private Consultant

Charlotte Word, Ph.D., Private Consultant

OSAC Registry Approved Documents 

  • None currently.

Documents in Process

Under Development:

  • Standard for Training in the Use of Statistics in Interpretation of Forensic DNA Evidence.
  • Standard for Training on Testimony for Forensic Biology.
  • Standard for Training of Forensic Autosomal and Y-STR Data Interpretation. 
  • Standard for Setting Analytical and Stochastic Threshold s.
  • Standard for the Statistical Interpretation of Autosomal STRs.
  • Standard for Training of Forensic DNA Reporting and Review.
  • Standard for the Reporting of DNA Results Containing a Contaminant or Failed Control.
  • Standard for Training of CODIS. 
  • Standards for Next Generation Sequencing/Massively Parallel Sequencing (with focuses on data analysis, interpretation, statistical analyses, report writing/review, CODIS, testimony).
  • Standard for the Use of Rapid DNA (with focuses on data analysis, interpretation, statistical analyses, report writing/review, CODIS, testimony).
  • Standard for Training of Forensic DNA Reporting and Review.
  • Standard for the Use of Elimination Databases.
  • Standard for Training of CODIS. 
  • Best Practices for DNA Testimony.
  • Standard for Reporting DNA Conclusions.

Work Product Sent to SDO:

SDO Published:

Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process: 

Research & Development Needs

Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents

  • None currently.

Presentations

  • None currently.

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

Created July 9, 2014, Updated December 10, 2019