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.

General Policy and Analysis

General policy and analysis

Basic Resources


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (Health and Human Services Dept.), Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, 7th Floor, Rockville, MD 20857; (301) 427-1634. Fax, (301) 427-1210. Dr. David Meyers, Director (Acting). Congressional Affairs, (301) 427-1214. Press, (301) 427-1864. Public inquiries, (301) 427-1104. TTY, (888) 586-6340.

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Works to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care in the United States. Promotes improvements in clinical practices and in organizing, financing, and delivering health care services. Conducts and supports comparative effectiveness research, demonstration projects, evaluations, and training; disseminates information on a wide range of activities.

Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) (Health and Human Services Dept.), 200 Independence Ave. S.W., #716G, ...

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