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.

Travel and Tourism

Travel and tourism



Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) (State Dept.), Passport Services, 600 19th St. N.W., #6826, 20006; (202) 647-9584. Rachel Arndt, Deputy Assistant Secretary. National Passport Information Center, (877) 487-2778.


National Passport Information Center,

Creates passports and provides information and resources to citizens about how to obtain, replace, and change a U.S. passport.

Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) (State Dept.), Special Issuance Agency, 600 19th St. N.W., #3.200, 20006; (202) 485-8200. (202) 485-8244. Linda M. Blount, Director, (202) 485-8202.


National Passport Information Center,

Administers passport laws and issues passports. (Most branches of the U.S. Postal Service and most U.S. district and state courts are authorized to accept applications and payment for passports and to administer the required oath to U.S. citizens. Completed applications are ...

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