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.

Recreation and Sport

Recreation and sport



Health and Human Services Dept. (HHS), President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN), 1101 Wootton Pkwy., #420, Rockville, MD 20852; (240) 276-9567. Kristina Harder, Executive Director.

General email,

Web, and Twitter, @FitnessGov

Promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives through partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors; provides online information and resources related to fitness, sports, and nutrition; conducts award programs for children and adults and for schools, clubs, and other institutions.

National Park Service (NPS) (Interior Dept.), 1849 C St. N.W., #3115, 20240; (202) 208-6843. Fax, (202) 208-7889. Shawn Benge, Director (Acting).

General email,

Web, and Twitter, @NatlParkService

Oversees coordination, planning, and financing of public outdoor recreation programs at all ...

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