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.

Air Transportation

Air transportation



Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) (State Dept.), Transportation Affairs (TRA), Aviation Negotiations (AN), 2201 C St. N.W., #3817, 20520-3425; (202) 647-8001. Fax, (202) 647-9143. David Williams, Director (Acting), (202) 647-9797.

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Manages bilateral aviation relationships; works with the Transporation Dept. and private sector to negotiate bilateral agreements to support and improve commercial aviation.

Civil Air Patrol National Capital Wing, 200 McChord St. S.W., #111, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, 20032; (202) 767-4405. Col. Janon Ellis, Wing Commander.

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Official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Primary function is to conduct search-and-rescue missions for the Air Force. Maintains an aerospace education program for adults and a cadet program for junior and senior high school students. (Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.)

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