The Washington Information Directory is the essential one-stop source for information on U.S. governmental and nongovernmental agencies and organizations. Organized topically, this thoroughly researched guide provides capsule descriptions and contact information that help users quickly and easily find the right person at the right organization. The Washington Information Directory offers three easy ways to find information: by name, by organization, and through detailed subject indexes. It focuses on the Washington metropolitan area - an organization must have an office in Washington to be listed. It also includes dozens of resource boxes on particular topics, organization charts for all federal agencies, and information about the FOIA and privacy legislation. With more than 10,000 listings and coverage of evolving presidential administration, the 2018 - 2019 Edition features contact information for the following: Congress and federal agencies Nongovernmental organizations Policy groups and political action committees Foundations and institutions Governors and other state officials U.S. ambassadors and foreign diplomats Congressional caucuses

Privacy Legislation

Privacy legislation

Privacy Act

To protect citizens from invasions of privacy by the federal government, Congress passed the Privacy Act of 1974 (PL 93-579). The act permitted individuals for the first time to inspect information about themselves contained in federal agency files and to challenge, correct, or amend the material. The major provisions of the act:

  • Permit an individual to have access to personal information in federal agency files and to correct or amend that information.
  • Prevent an agency maintaining a file on an individual from making it available to another agency without the individual’s consent.
  • Require federal agencies to keep records that are necessary, lawful, accurate, and current, and to disclose the existence of all databanks and files containing information on individuals.
  • Bar the transfer of personal information ...
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