Texas Forensic Science Commission

FSC Committee Assignments 

Forensic Development Committee

  • Sheree Hughes-Stamm
  • Nancy Downing
  • Sarah Kerrigan

In accordance with §5.0 of FSC policies and procedures, the FSC's Forensic Development Committee develops plans to strengthen the use of forensic science in criminal courts in Texas. Plans include implementing a reporting system through which accredited laboratories, facilities or entities are required to report professional negligence or misconduct. Such plans may include the collection and dissemination of funding opportunities for forensic science, support for training and the development of professional standards and the collection of information that supports programs for strengthening the reliability of forensic science in Texas.

Legislative Development Committee

  • Jeffrey Barnard
  • Mark Daniel
  • Pat Johnson

In accordance with §6.0 of FSC policies and procedures, the FSC's Legislative Development Committee studies the ongoing work of the FSC, monitors legislation and testifies on the application of statutes within the purview of the FSC. The Committee also reviews and recommends legislative appropriations requests to the full FSC and monitors the appropriations process as it affects the FSC.

Complaint Screening Committee

  • Mark Daniel, Chair
  • Jasmine Drake
  • Pat Johnson

In accordance with §3.0 of FSC policies and procedures, all FSC complaints are initially reviewed by the Complaint Screening Committee, and further recommendations are made by the Committee and presented to the full FSC.

Rio Grande Identification Project Committee

  • Sheree Hughes-Stamm, Chair
  • Bruce Budowle
  • Jeffrey Barnard

The 84th Legislature's SB-1287 requires the Commission to establish a method for collecting DNA and other forensic evidence related to unidentified bodies located less than 120 miles from the Rio Grande River.  The Rio Grande Identification Project Committee will lead the Commission in fulfilling this legislative mandate. Find out more about the Rio Grande Identification Project.