My kingdom for...a list of government agency contacts!
July 8, 2011 7:49 AM   Subscribe

(asking for a friend:) Is there a quick way to find organizational charts (incl. contact info) for government agencies?

I need all of them, or at the very least, the major ones (ie. Dept of Edu, Defense, etc.) It's for work. In particular, I need to know who the director of communications is at these agencies. I don't want to have to go to each individual agency to find this information.
posted by shortyJBot to Grab Bag (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
they should all be public information... on their sites, problem is they might not all have the same title... "director of communications" should point you in the right direction for each agency...
posted by fozzie33 at 7:55 AM on July 8, 2011

There are hundreds of federal agencies (I assume you mean federal level). You might want to prioritize -- like cabinet-level first.

There is a directory here:

It's possible there may be a specialized directory for directors of communications for each, but I imagine if someone has compiled that, it might be something you have to pay for. Perhaps a journalism organization has done something like that?

Good luck!
posted by pantarei70 at 7:56 AM on July 8, 2011

Two ideas: First, Leadership Directories publishes a series of directories called "Yellow Books," one of which is dedicated to federal government agencies and offices (others are state government, journalism, etc.). I believe I've seen organizational charts in the federal Yellow Book. They have a website, but using it requires an expensive paid subscription, and frankly I find the dead-tree Yellow Books easier to browse through (esp. the org charts). I recommend you see if your local library, or perhaps a nearby university library, holds a recent copy.

Second: I swear I can see the cover of a GPO (government printing office) book full of exactly the charts and names you're describing, but cannot for the life of me remember its actual title. You might be able to call your local Member of Congress's *district* office (not their Capitol Hill office), ask to speak to any caseworker (staff who help constituents deal with federal agencies--hence their familiarity with this book/directory), ask if they have something like this and what its title is. (I used this book when I myself was a caseworker 14 years ago--it's possible it has all moved online since then, but you'd be surprised how much feds love paper). Then, to get your own, go to the GPO website and click "catalog of US government publications" to track it down. (I recommend asking a congressional office staffer the title before searching for it, because my own search with generic terms like "federal offices directory" was no good.)
posted by celilo at 8:45 AM on July 8, 2011

There is also the Government Manual which lists all of the agencies and has org charts but doesn't always have phone numbers.

The online version is harder to use than the paper, scroll down to the bottom for the newest edition. The Leadership Directories is easier to use and more up to date if you can get access to it.
posted by interplanetjanet at 11:29 AM on July 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

I just noticed the org charts are only in the PDF version
posted by interplanetjanet at 11:30 AM on July 8, 2011

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