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.

Postal Service

Postal service



U.S. Postal Service (USPS), 475 L’Enfant Plaza S.W., 20260-0001; (202) 268-2000. Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General. Library, (202) 268-2906. TTY, (800) 877-8339. Toll-free, (800) 275-8777.

Web, and Twitter, @USPS

Offers postal service throughout the country as an independent establishment of the executive branch. Library open to the public by appointment.

U.S. Postal Service (USPS), Inspection Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza S.W., #3100, 20260-2100; (202) 268-4264. Gary Barksdale, Chief Postal Inspector. Fraud and abuse hotline, (877) 876-2455.

Web, and Twitter, @USPISpressroom

Investigates violations of postal laws, such as theft of mail or posted valuables, assaults on postal employees, organized crime in postal-related matters, and prohibited mailings. Conducts internal audits; investigates postal activities to determine effectiveness of procedures; monitors compliance of individual post offices with postal regulations. (Headquarters in Chicago, ...

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