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.

Real Estate

Real estate

General

▶Agencies

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) (Transportation Dept.), Planning, Environment, and Realty, 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., #E76-306, 20590; (202) 366-0116. Fax, (202) 366-3713. Gloria M. Shepherd, Associate Administrator, (202) 366-0581.

Web, www.fhwa.dot.gov/real_estate

Works with developers and municipalities to ensure conformity with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) project development process.

▶Congress

For a listing of relevant congressional committees and subcommittees, please see page 440 or the Appendix.

▶Nongovernmental

American Land Title Assn., 1800 M St. N.W., #300S, 20036; (202) 296-3671. Fax, (202) 223-5843. Kelly L. Romeo, Vice President, ext. 224. Toll-free, (800) 787-2582. Toll-free Fax, (800) 329-2582.

General email, service@alta.org

Web, www.alta.org, Twitter, @ALTAonline and Facebook, www.facebook.com/altaonline

Membership: land title insurance underwriting companies, abstracters, lawyers, and title insurance agents. Searches, reviews, and insures land titles to protect real estate investors, including home buyers ...

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