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.





Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (Homeland Security Dept.), Resilience, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, 400 C St. S.W., 20472; (202) 646-2781. Fax, (202) 646-7970. Michael Grimm, Deputy Associate Administrator (Acting).


Administers federal insurance programs, including the National Flood Insurance Program, to reduce future losses from floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. Makes low-cost flood insurance available to eligible homeowners.


For a listing of relevant congressional committees and subcommittees, please see pages 36–37 or the Appendix.

Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, 440 1st St. N.W., #500, 20001; (202) 544-0067. Mike Torrey, Executive Vice President.


Membership: approved insurance providers (AIPs), reinsurance companies, and brokerage groups. Involved with writing state policies and providing risk management tools to farmers and ranchers. Represents members before Congress and the federal government.


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