om·​buds·​per·​son | \ ˈäm-ˌbu̇dz-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce ombudsperson (audio) , ˈȯm-, -bədz-; äm-ˈbu̇dz-, ȯm- \

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Recent Examples on the Web The Social Security Administration did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday on the ombudspersons' letter. NBC News, "States urge Betsy DeVos to forgive loans of students with disabilities," 3 Mar. 2020 There's no state regulatory agency that could play referee as an ombudsperson does for those living in nursing homes. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "89-year-old faced eviction from Kentucky independent living home. What rights does she have?," 7 Feb. 2020 Sylwia Spurek, the former deputy ombudsperson for human rights, who worked on the constitutional tribunal case in her first weeks on the job, told me that the verdict, while disappointing, was legally sound. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "When the Government Seizes Your Embryos," 22 Oct. 2019 The Silence Breakers have called on Durkan to hire an independent ombudsperson to handle discrimination and harassment complaints, while Councilmember Lisa Herbold says the Office for Civil Rights, which oversees RSJI, lacks teeth. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle city workers tell of unfair treatment and mistrust, as government tracks diversity shortfalls," 13 Aug. 2018 For example, early in the show there is the election of an ombudsperson — an audience member selected by the group to assist with vote counts. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Immerse yourself — literally — in San Diego REP's 'Beachtown'," 4 Apr. 2018 Yes, and some organizations establish ombudspersons within the organization. The New York Times Magazine, New York Times, "The Conversation: Seven Women Discuss Work, Fairness, Sex and Ambition," 12 Dec. 2017 As currently described, that official would just be an ombudsperson, without independent enforcement power, but there is potential there too. Chris Sagers, Slate Magazine, "The one economic proposal in the Democratic “Better Deal” platform that could actually change the world.," 27 July 2017 However, only a full analysis of these consumer complaints and ombudsperson documents will allow the public to fully answer questions posed in the NPRM. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Stop hiding 47,000 net neutrality complaints, advocates tell FCC chair," 22 Aug. 2017

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Ombudsperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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