Watchdog Group

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Watchdog Group

An organization, often nonprofit, that researches and publishes information on alleged abuses in a certain area or sector. For example, a watchdog group may investigate the truth of stories reported in the media or poor environmental practices in private companies. At their best, watchdog groups may expose real corruption, but they may be susceptible to bias themselves.
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The current rail watchdog is a second resort for people dissatisfied with the response of train companies to their complaints.
Their creation is encouraged by the industries,'' said Andy Draheim, a San Francisco-based official with the governmental watchdog group Common Cause.
CHC chairman Rosemarie Tonkinson thanked watchdog members and said: "We felt it was a very positive report.
Livingston has had a big influence on the operation of this watchdog, too.
The result will be a watchdog for every cop on patrol.
For a final sense of how well most of the government controls its watchdogs, consider the principle of Dare to Fail Great--minor screwups may bring you trouble from the budget office, but the agency that founders on a sufficiently large scale gains the advantage.
The association helps watchdog groups get started and publishes a newsletter about funding, equipment and activities.
The committee, which among other things evaluates the need for watchdogs, mobilized: in 1975 it opened an investigation into the audit and investigative divisions operating within HEW.
In addition, we wanted to provide innovative features like Account Watchdogs and Personal Accountant, as well as check imaging, to our online customers, which Sumx's system enables us to do.