The Washington Information Directory (WID) is a topically organized reference resource that lists contact information for federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the Washington metro area along with a brief paragraph describing what each organization does related to that topic. In addition, WID pulls together 55 organization charts for federal agencies, congressional resources related to each chapter topic, hotline and contact information for various specific areas of interest (from Food Safety Resources to internships in Washington), and an extensive list of active congressional caucuses and contact details. WID has two appendices, one with thorough information on congresspersons and committees, and the second with governors and embassies.





National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (Commerce Dept.), Engineering Laboratory, 100 Bureau Dr., MS 8600, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8600; (301) 975-5900. Fax, (301) 975-4032. Howard H. Harary, Director.

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Performs analytical, laboratory, and field research in the area of building technology and its applications for building usefulness, safety, and economy; produces performance criteria and evaluation, test, and measurement methods for building owners, occupants, designers, manufacturers, builders, and federal, state, and local regulatory authorities.

National Science Foundation (NSF), Engineering Directorate, 2415 Eisenhower Ave., Room C 14000, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 292-8300. Fax, (703) 292-9467. Dawn M. Tilbury, Assistant Director.

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Web, and Twitter, @NSF_ENG

Supports fundamental research and education in engineering through grants and special equipment awards. Programs are designed to enhance international competitiveness and to ...

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