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.

Transit Systems

Transit systems



Federal Transit Administration (Transportation Dept.), 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., #E56-311, 20590; (202) 366-4043. Fax, (202) 366-3200. Nuria Fernandez, Deputy Administrator, (202) 366-4040; Matthew Welbes, Executive Director. Information and press, (202) 366-4043. TTY, (800) 877-8339. TTY Voice, (866) 377-8642.

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Responsible for developing improved public transportation facilities, equipment, techniques, and methods; assists state and local governments in financing public transportation systems; oversees the safety of U.S. public transit.

Federal Transit Administration (Transportation Dept.), Budget and Policy, 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., #E52-326, 20590; (202) 366-4050. Fax, (202) 366-7116. Bruce Robinson, Associate Administrator (Acting). Press, (202) 366-4043.


Develops budgets, programs, legislative proposals, and policies for the federal transit program; evaluates program proposals and their potential impact on local communities; coordinates private ...

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