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Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee

Members of the OSAC Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee
Members of the OSAC Forensic Document Examination Subcommittee (July 2019)

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

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

Officers

Gerald LaPorte, Subcommittee Chair, Florida International University

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

Vacant, Subcommittee Executive Secretary

Members

Miriam Angel, Los Angeles Police Department

Brett Bishop, Washington State Patrol

Aurora S. Dumitra, NYPD Police Laboratory

Marie Durina, Riley Welch LaPorte & Associates Forensic Laboratories

Cami Fuglsby, South Dakota State University

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, KDX Forensic Consulting, LLC

Mark Lancaster, Ph.D., Northern Kentucky University

Melanie Elizabeth Maness, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mara Merlino, Ph.D., Kentucky State University

Karen Nobles, Forensic Document Services, LLC

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

OSAC Registry Approved Documents

  • None currently.

Documents in Process

Under Development:

  • ASB 070, Standard for Forensic Examination of Handwritten Items.
  • Standard Guide for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners.
  • Standard for Source Conclusions.
  • Forensic Document Examination Bibliography.
  • Standard Collection for 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 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.

Work Product Sent to SDO:

  • ASB 011, Scope of Expertise in Forensic Document Examination.
  • ASB 035, Standard for the Examination of Documents for Alterations.
  • ASB 071, Forensic Document Examination Terms and Reference.
  • ASB 117, Standard for Examination of Stamping Devices and Stamp Impressions.

SDO Published:

Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process:

  • None currently.

Research & Development Needs

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.

SWGDOC Standard for Examination of Altered Documents

SWGDOC Standard for Examination of Documents Produced with Liquid Ink Jet Technology

SWGDOC Standard for Examination of Documents Produced with Toner Technology

SWGDOC Standard for Examination of Dry Seal Impressions

SWGDOC Standard for Examination of Fracture Patterns and Paper Fiber Impressions on Single-Strike Film Ribbons and Typed Text

SWGDOC Standard for Examination of Handwritten Items

SWGDOC Standard for Examination of Mechanical Checkwriter Impressions

SWGDOC Standard for Examination of Rubber Stamp Impressions

SWGDOC Standard for Examination of Typewritten Items

SWGDOC Standard for Indentation Examinations

SWGDOC Standard for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners

SWGDOC Standard for Non-destructive Examination of Paper

SWGDOC Standard for Physical Match of Paper Cuts, Tears, and Perforations in Forensic Document Examinations

SWGDOC Standard for Preservation of Charred Documents

SWGDOC Standard for Preservation of Liquid Soaked Documents

SWGDOC Standard for Scope of Work of Forensic Document Examiners

SWGDOC Standard for Test Methods for Forensic Writing Ink Comparison

SWGDOC Standard for Use of Image Capture and Storage Technology in Forensic Document Examination

SWGDOC Standard for Writing Ink Identification

SWGDOC Standard Terminology for Expressing Conclusions of Forensic Document Examiners 150114

SWGDOC Terminology Relating to the Examination of Questioned Documents

Presentations

  • 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

Created July 11, 2014, Updated January 7, 2020