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.

Environmental and Earth Sciences

Environmental and earth sciences



National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), 300 E St. S.W., #3J28, 20546; (202) 358-3889. Fax, (202) 358-3092. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator.

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Web, and Twitter, @NASAScienceCast

Seeks to understand the integrated functioning of the earth and the sun. Administers space mission programs and mission-enabling programs, including sub-orbital missions. Sponsors scientific research and analysis. Exchanges information with the international science community. Interests include earth climate and environmental change.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (Commerce Dept.), National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), Silver Spring Metro Center 3, 1315 East-West Hwy., 4th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282; (301) 713-3277. Fax, (301) 713-3300. Mary Wohlgemuth, Director, (828) 271-4476.

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