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.

Maritime Transportation

General policy and analysis



Army Corps of Engineers (Defense Dept.), 441 G St. N.W., #3K05, 20314-1000; (202) 761-0001. Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite (USA), Chief of Engineers. Press, (202) 761-0011.

General email,

Web, and Twitter, @USACEHQ

Provides local governments with navigation, waterway dredging, flood control, disaster relief, and hydroelectric power services.

Civil Division (Justice Dept.), Torts Branch, Aviation, Space and Admiralty Litigation, 175 N St N.E., 8th Floor, 20002; (202) 616-4100. Fax, (202) 616-4002. Barry Benson, Director.


Represents the federal government in civil suits concerning the maritime industry, including ships, shipping, and merchant marine personnel. Handles civil cases arising from admiralty incidents and accidents, including oil spills.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), 800 N. Capitol St. N.W., 20573-0001; (202) 523-5725. Fax, (202) 523-0014. Michael A. Khouri, Chair, (202) 523-5911; ...

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