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Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee
Members of the Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee  at the July 2019 OSAC Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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

The Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the forensic analysis, comparison, and evaluation of documents.


Gerald LaPorte, Subcommittee Chair, Florida International University

Gary Licht, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory

Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary


Miriam Angel, Los Angeles Police Department

Brett Bishop, Washington State Patrol (Quality Representative)

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

Marie Durina, Riley Welch LaPorte & Associates Forensic Laboratories

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

Cami Fuglsby, South Dakota State University

Mark Goff, Michigan State Police

Lisa Hanson, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Laboratory

Jan Seaman Kelly, Forensic Dynamics, LLC

Jeff Kukucka, Towson University (Human Factors Representative)

Kevin Kulbacki, KDX Forensic Consulting, LLC

Mark Lancaster, Ph.D., Northern Kentucky University

Melanie Elizabeth Maness, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mara Merlino, Ph.D., Kentucky State University

Karen Nobles, Forensic Document Services, LLC

Joseph Stephens, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Peter Tytell, Forensic Research, LLC

Rigo Vargas, Mississippi Crime Laboratory

Elaine Wooton, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 


Tier 1: On the OSAC Registry

  • None currently.

Tier 2: Published by an SDO

Tier 3: Send to an SDO

  • Scope of Expertise in Forensic Document Examination.
  • Standard for the Examination of Documents for Alterations.
  • Forensic Document Examination Terms and Reference.
  • Standard for Examination of Stamping Devices and Stamp Impressions.

Tier 4: Under Development

  • Standard for Forensic Examination of Handwritten Items.
  • Standard for the Examination of Charred Documents.
  • Standard for the Examination of Liquid Soaked Documents.
  • 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. 

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 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.

Research & Development Needs


  • 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 11, 2014, Updated June 19, 2020