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Steven L. Lanser—Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Steven L. Lanser—Assistant Special Agent in Charge


Mr. Lanser was appointed as an FBI special agent (SA) in 1989.  His first assignment was in the Tampa Division, where he worked violent crime, drugs, and white-collar crime cases. He also worked major drug trafficking organizations during temporary duty assignments overseas.

In 1996, SA Lanser was transferred to the San Juan Division. He was involved in successful violent crime, drug, and public corruption investigations. In 1999, he was appointed supervisory special agent (SSA) in San Juan and was responsible for managing the Division's cyber crime, computer, and technical resources.

In January 2003, SSA Lanser was appointed Unit Chief of the Forensic Audio, Video, and Image Analysis Unit in the Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Virginia, where he managed the forensic analysis of Digital Evidence (DE) for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.  His unit was the nation’s first to achieve laboratory accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors in the DE disciplines of forensic audio, forensic video and image analysis. He established relations with national and international counterparts with regards to recovery and processing of DE.  His unit assisted the London Metropolitan Police in the recovery of video evidence and identification of subjects of the London Bombings. He led the development of the FBI's Forensic Automatic Speaker Recognition (FASR) system, which the FBI utilizes to identify recorded voices of criminals and terrorists. His unit received the FBI Director's Award for “Excellence in Scientific Advancement” in 2007.

In February 2008, Mr. Lanser was selected as assistant special agent in-charge (ASAC) for the Buffalo Division. ASAC Lanser has programmatic oversight over the National Security Programs in the Buffalo Division of the FBI. 

Prior to his employment with the FBI, Mr. Lanser graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He was employed as an engineer in private industry for several years.