The Washington Information Directory (WID) is one of the most historically successful publications at CQ Press. Although it is a “directory,” it has lived in the Library/Annual Edition portfolio because it has a unique profile - it is topically organized, and within the taxonomic structure the relevant organizations are listed not only with contact information but with a brief paragraph describing what the organization (whether government or non-governmental) does related to that topic. It focuses on Washington - in order to be listed, an organization must have an office in the Washington metropolitan area. These descriptions are not boilerplate advertising material from the organizations; rather, they are hand-crafted by a talented freelance research team. 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.

Criminal Law

Criminal law



Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) (State Dept.), Crime Programs, 2401 E St. N.W., #SA-1, L600, 20037; (202) 663-1860. Susan Snyder, Director.


Works with international governments to combat international organized crime, high-level corruption, money laundering, terrorist financing, cyber and intellectual property crimes, threats to border security, narcotics trafficking, and other smuggling and trafficking crimes.

Criminal Division (Justice Dept.), 950 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., 20530-0001; (202) 353-4641. Nicholas L. McQuaid, Assistant Attorney General (Acting).

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Enforces all federal criminal laws except those specifically assigned to the antitrust, civil rights, environment and natural resources, and tax divisions of the Justice Dept. Supervises and directs U.S. attorneys in the field on criminal matters and litigation; supervises international extradition proceedings. Coordinates federal enforcement efforts against ...

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