In early 1961, Ed Bryant, then a tenured full professor of statistics at the University of Wyoming, and two former students, Jim Daley and Don King, decided they’d like to try something a bit different and settled on a partnership to serve the statistical needs of governments, business, and industry. This year, Westat, the namesake of that decision, having grown to an employee-owned organization of 2,000, celebrates its golden (50th) anniversary of incorporation in 1963 as one of the nation’s premier statistical research and survey companies.
After a move from Colorado to Maryland, Westat soon became the place for many of the best of the Census Bureau’s statisticians to go for second careers. In fact, Westat hired so many Census Bureau alumni that it became known as “Census West.”
Today, its revenue stands at $500 million, just under 40 times its revenue in 1963, the year it incorporated. Although most of the staff is located in Rockville, Maryland, Westat also maintains research offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Houston, Texas. In addition, it has international offices in Beijing, China; Liberia, Costa Rica; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; New Delhi, India; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Bangkok, Thailand. Additional staff members are engaged in data collection and processing at Westat’s survey processing facilities, at its Telephone Research Center facilities, and throughout its nationwide field interviewing operations.
This is the kind of data they are conducting and their getting $million from taxpayers:
“We are currently seeking motivated women with a commitment to excellence to collect data for an important government-sponsored study, the National Study on Health and Safety (NSHS). The primary role of the interviewer is to administer an in-person computerized questionnaire about unwanted sexual experiences, sexual assault, and rape. Westat is hiring female interviewers to interview women respondents about these personal experiences. The interviewers will locate and screen selected households to identify eligible respondents. Interviewers will use a laptop computer to conduct data collection tasks, administer computer-assisted interviews, and have respondents complete a self-administered computerized questionnaire.”
Westat does surveys and obtain grants from many of the alphabet Federal Agencies. Sexual coercion and assault is a problem, but don’t we already know this. Women are often afraid to tell authorities knowing that it will do more harm to them then it will benefit society. Let’s say we are able to conclude from this study that there are more assaults than thought and many are happening on college campuses that are being hidden from public view, which we already also know.
Here’s two more studies:
“National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS)
The National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS) is a new survey that will describe national patterns of health care delivery in hospital-based settings and in freestanding ambulatory surgery centers. Data will provide national estimates of service use and allow policymakers and researchers to study relationships between the organization and delivery of health care. This study is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Westat will be integrating two existing surveys, the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), to create the NHCS. NHCS will track the most frequently occurring drugs reported and will provide national health care statistics. NHCS will also allow visits to emergency departments and outpatient departments to be linked to encounters in the National Death Index and Medicare and Medicaid data.
National Health and Alcohol Study (NHAS)
The National Health and Alcohol Study, sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service, is a nationwide study on alcohol and health-related conditions. The goal of the study is to improve the health of all Americans by gathering information on alcohol use and disorders, and related physical and emotional health conditions. This study allows the Government to obtain urgently needed statistics that are not available from any other source on alcohol use and its related conditions among the American people.”
Obviously, information is very important but it does not provide long term sustainable jobs. Westat is doing hundreds of studies like these which is really a method of taking money from taxpayers and giving it to preferred corporations. I can only imagine if this company was investigated the amount of money that is given to the political candidates by this campany and it’s employees. Just one contract to Westat was for $23 million.
The problem is that it’s not just Westat that are involved in government information and consulting contracts. I found one company that had thousands of ongoing contracts.
Here’s one more study that will help our world, Not.
Westat will conduct cognitive testing on updated questions for the American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey. Both surveys are conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data these surveys provide give communities the current information they need to plan investments and services.
Our society is going bankrupt because of excessive taxation and regulation to pay for companies like Westat that are the culprits that are benefiting grossly from the huge levels of various redistribution of wealth schemes.
What this is, is just massive extortion from government in the name of the public good. It’s not needed nor is it an essential service of government and is no different than the excessive extortion the military industrial complex is doing to society.
We will conduct more than 400 cognitive interviews in English and Spanish over three rounds of testing, summarize and analyze the interviews, and report the findings from each round of testing.
Here is a current listing of govenemnt contractors; http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/contractorList.do?contractorListFor=A