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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - U.S. Naval War College Associate Research Professor Hank Brightman recently served as one of 12 criminology experts selected from across the nation to develop the 2010 National Public Survey on White Collar Crime (NPSWCC).
 
The survey, which is administered in 5-year intervals by the National White Collar Crime Center on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides a snapshot of America’s perceptions of fraud, embezzlement, predatory lending, corporate wrongdoing, and computer crimes. The survey also examines risk behaviors, victimization, and trends in reporting of white collar offenses.
 
The NPSWCC development session, which was held on February 5, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina, afforded white collar crime scholars from academic institutions located from Utica to Tallahassee and from Richmond to Denver the opportunity to revise the subject matter questions for the 2010 survey. Recent additions include topics such as home mortgage fraud, Ponzi scheme victimization, and Internet-based identity theft. More importantly, session participants were given the opportunity to refine the survey instrument to ensure that it meets the rigorous standards required for random sampling of the U.S. population.
 
“Being afforded the opportunity to help develop the new National Public Survey on White Collar Crime was an incredibly rewarding experience,” Dr. Brightman recently remarked. “While discussing the specific content of the survey was important, the primary value for the Naval War College, and more particularly the War Gaming Department was the development of the survey instrument.”
 
“Many of our games focus on behavioral, decision-making issues, so keeping abreast of the timeliest methods in social sciences survey design is critical to developing surveys that lend themselves to effective post-game analysis.”
 
The National Public Survey on White Collar Crime is expected to be conducted in the late summer of 2010.
 
From Naval War College Public Affairs