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.

Directory of Government Information on the Internet

Directory of government information on the internet

Listed below are websites that lead to executive, legislative, and judicial information on the Internet. These links were active as of April 3, 2020. Government information can also be explored online through the, which is the U.S. government’s official Internet portal to websites for federal and state governments, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Executive Branch

Commerce Dept.


Twitter: @CommerceGov



Instagram: @commercegov

About the Commerce Dept.:


Secretary’s Bio:

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