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.

State And Local Government

State and local government



General Services Administration (GSA), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA), 1100 Crystal City Dr., Crystal Park 1, Arlington, VA 22202; 1800 F St. N.W., 20405-0001; (703) 605-2119. Michael Stephenson, Product Manager. Help Desk, (866) 606-8220.

Federal Service Desk,

Disseminates information on federal assistance programs available to state and local governments through the CFDA website. Information includes all types of federal aid and explains types of assistance, eligibility requirements, application processes, and suggestions for writing proposals. Catalog may be downloaded from the CFDA website. Printed version may be ordered from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402; (202) 512-1800, or toll-free, (866) 512-1800; or online at

Multistate Tax Commission, 444 N. Capitol St. N.W., #425, 20001-1538; (202) ...

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