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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 a FBI special agent (SA) in 1989.  He was assigned to an office located in Florida and various overseas locations, specializing in a multitude of investigations covered by the FBI.  He was appointed supervisory special agent (SSA) in 1999 and managed a division’s cyber crime, computer, and technical resources. 

In 2003 SA 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 for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.  His laboratory was the nation’s first to achieve laboratory accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors in the Digital Evidence disciplines of forensic audio, forensic video and image analysis.  He led the development of the FBI’s Forensic Automatic Speaker Recognition system, which the FBI utilizes to identify and compare voices of unknown persons.  The unit received the FBI Director’s Award for “Excellence in Scientific Advancement” in 2007.

In February 2008 SSA Lanser was selected as assistant special agent in-charge (ASAC) for the Buffalo Division.  ASAC Lanser has had programmatic oversight over every investigative and administrative program in the Buffalo Division.  He currently oversees the National Security Branch and has oversight over the division’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces, which work in partnership with a myriad of state, local, and federal agencies to combat terrorism.Mr. Lanser graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  Prior to joining the FBI he was employed as an engineer in private industry for several years and specialized in the area of Industrial Control Systems.