Westat to Support, Modernize Survey and Statistical Methodology for Bureau of Labor Statistics

Westat has won a set of contracts that will support and modernize survey data collection and statistical methodology research for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The goal is to enable BLS to more easily gather and analyze data to measure consumer expenditures, labor market activity, and productivity, as well as safeguard respondent confidentiality.

The Consumer Expenditure Surveys (CE) program provides data on expenditures, income, and demographic characteristics of U.S. consumers. In this task, Assets and Liabilities Imputation Development, Westat will identify a method for imputing missing values in the assets and liabilities data collected in the fourth interview of the CE Survey, filling in missing data values so that users can draw valid statistical inferences from the data.

American Time Use Survey (ATUS): Diary for Web Collection measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities. Westat will advise BLS on recommended approaches for the design of a self-administered, web-based diary that collects information about the main activities respondents perform and, for most activities, where they were and who accompanied them.

The National Compensation Survey (NCS) provides benefits incidence data on the percentage of workers with access to and participating in employer-provided benefit plans. In a task on Estimation Methodology for Total Compensation by Occupation and Geography, Westat will formulate an estimation methodology that produces the needed set of estimates for the full range of desired domains. We will identify any statistical disclosure and confidentiality, IT, and computing requirements of a system implementing the methodology as well as identify evaluation criteria to assess the quality of the estimates

For the Employee and Employer Surveys: Publication Criteria Assessment, Westat will review the publication criteria for the Employee Benefits Survey, Business Response Survey, and Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Business Survey and make recommendations that balance risk, reliability, and utility. We will offer new, efficient approaches to reducing disclosure risk while maximizing the amount of high-quality data that BLS can provide to the public.

“We are honored to provide continued statistical and survey data collection support to BLS on these important topics that affect the U.S. economy and help inform public and private decisionmaking,” notes J. Michael Brick, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Statistics and Evaluation Sciences.


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