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Selected Federal Agencies

 

Selected Federal Agencies

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ACCESS Board)

1331 F St., NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111
202-272-0080
Toll free: 1-800-872-2253
TDD/TTY toll free: 1-800-993-2822
Fax: 202-272-008
E-mail: info@access-board.gov
www.access-board.gov

Commission on Civil Rights

624 9th St., NW
Washington, DC 20743
202-376-8513 (Complaint Referral in DC)
202-376-8128 (Publications)
202-376-8312 (Public Affairs)
Toll free: 1-800-552-6843 (complaint referral outside DC)
TDD nationwide: 202-376-8116 (complaint referral)

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

Office of Public Affairs
Office of External Affairs
Lafayette Center
1155 21st St., NW
Washington, DC 20581
202-418-5080
Fax: 202-418-5525
E-mail: oea@cftc.gov
www.cftc.gov
The mission of the CFTC is to protect market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to the sale of commodity and financial futures and options, and to foster open, competitive, and financially sound futures and option markets. CFTC also posts Consumer Alerts/Advisories under "Customer Protection" on the CFTC website.

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Washington, DC 20207
Toll free: 1-800-638-CPSC (2772) (Product Safety Hotline)
TDD toll free: 1-800-638-8270
Fax: 301-504-0051 (On Demand)
E-mail: info@cpsc.gov
www.cpsc.gov
CPSC oversees the safety of over 15,000 kinds of consumer products, including toys and nursery equipment, appliances, sports, yard and playground equipment, furniture, clothing, computers, and fireworks. It announces about 250 recalls a year of potentially unsafe products. To get information on product recalls or report a hazardous product or product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline (Spanish-speaking staff available), visit its web site, or send an e-mail. To order free publications, visit the web site or write to the address above, Attention: Publications Request.

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Legislative and Public Affairs
4700 River Rd., Unit 51
Riverdale, MD 20737
301-734-7799
Fax: 301-734-5221
E-mail: APHIS.Web@aphis.usda.gov
www.aphis.usda.gov

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-2215
202-720-2908
202-720-7947
Fax: 202-690-2469 or 202-690-3162
www.csrees.usda.gov
To find your local Cooperative Extension office, consult the county government lists in your local telephone directory.

 

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
3101 Park Center Dr., Room 1034
Alexandria, VA 22302-1594
703-305-7600
Fax: 703-305-3400
www.cnpp.usda.gov

 

Food and Nutrition Service
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 926
Alexandria, VA 22302
703-305-2281
E-mail: webmaster@fns.usda.gov
www.fns.usda.gov

 

Meat and Poultry Hotline
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Washington, DC 202503700
1-888-MPHotline (10am-4pm, English and Spanish)
toll free:1-800-256-7072
E-mail: mphotline.fsis@usda.gov
www.fsis.usda.gov

 

Information Line USDA
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 422A
Washington, DC 20250
202-720-2791
www.usda.gov

 

Department of Commerce

Bureau of the Census
Customer Services
Washington, DC 20233
301-763-INFO (4636)
Fax: 301-457-4714
E-mail: webmaster@census.gov
www.census.gov

Metric Program
Weights and Measures Division
National Institute of Standards & Technology
100 Bureau Dr., Mail Stop 2600
Gaithersburg, MD 208992600
301-975-4004
Fax: 301-926-0647
E-mail: TheSI@nist.gov
www.nist.gov/metric
The Metric Program educates the public and offers free resources to facilitate greater awareness and understanding of the metric system of measurement.

 

Weights and Measures Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2600
Gaithersburg, MD 208992600
301-975-4004
Fax: 301-926-0647
E-mail: owm@nist.gov
www.nist.gov/owm
The Weights and Measures Division promotes uniformity in U.S. weights and measures laws, regulations, and standards to achieve equity between buyers and sellers in the marketplace.

 

Seafood Inspection Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
1315 East-West Hwy., F/SI
Room 10837
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-713-2355
Toll free: 1-800-422-2750
Fax: 301-713-1081
seafood.nmfs.noaa.gov
NOAA oversees fisheries management in the United States and provides a voluntary inspection service to the industry. The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program offers product quality evaluation, grading, and certification services. NOAA provides official marks to eligible products, such as U.S. Grade A, Processed Under Federal Inspection (PUFI) and Lot Inspection.

 

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Toll free: 1-800-786-9199
TTY: 571-272-9950
www.uspto.gov

 

Patents: Commissioner for Patents
PO Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 223131450
Fax: 703-872-9306
E-mail: usptoinfo@uspto.gov

 

Trademarks: Commissioner for Trademarks
Attention MPU
PO Box 16471
Arlington, VA 222151471
Fax: 571-273-9250
E-mail: TrademarkAssistanceCenter@uspto.gov

 

Department of Defense

National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
1555 Wilson Blvd., Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22209-2405
703-696-1386
Toll free outside DC: 1-800-336-4590
Fax: 703-696-1411
www.esgr.com
Provides assistance with employer/employee problems for members of the Guard and Reserve and their employers. See page 147 for Family and Community Service Centers and page 128 for the BBB Military Line.

Department of Education

400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202
www.ed.gov

1-800-USA-LEARN
Toll free: 1-800-872-5327
TTY/TDD: 1-800-437-0833
Fax: 202-401-0689
E-mail: USA_LEARN@ed.gov
www.ed.gov/about/contacts/tollfree/index.html
Use this phone number and website to obtain information on the Department of Education's programs and major initiatives; publications, videos, and other materials; directory assistance; and referrals to specialists or other experts.

 

No Child Left Behind
Toll free: 1-888-814-NCLB (6252)
TTY: 1-800-437-0833
Fax: 202-401-0689
E-mail: NoChildLeftBehind@ed.gov
www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml

 

National Library of Education
Toll free: 1-800-424-1616
TTY/TTD: 202-219-1699
E-mail: Library@inet.ed.gov
www.ed.gov/NLE
Use this phone number to obtain information about education statistics, research, and publications published by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

 

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Toll free: 1-800-LET-ERIC (538-3742)
Use this phone number to find out about the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) and the world's largest database of educational materials. Call to learn about new materials or receive referrals to other agencies.

 

EDInfo Electronic Newsletter
E-mail: peter_kickbush@ed.gov
www.ed.gov/news/newsletters/edinfo/index.html?src=ln
Join the EDInfo mailing list by: 1. Addressing an email message to listproc@inet.ed.gov 2. Writing this (and nothing else) in the message: subscribe EDInfo yourfirstname yourlastname (for example "subscribe EDInfo John Doe"). If you have a signature block please turn it off.

 

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)
The George Washington University
2121 K St., NW, Ste. 260
Washington, DC 20037
202-467-0867
Toll free outside DC: 1-800-321-6223
Fax: 1-800-531-9347 (Toll free) or 202-467-4283
E-mail: askncela@ncela.gwu.edu
www.ncela.gwu.edu
NCELA is funded by the Office of English Language Acquistion (OELA) to collect, analyze, synthesize and disseminate information related to the education of bilingually and culturally diverse students in the U.S.

 

Office of Communications
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Room 5E301
Washington, DC 20202
202-401-0404
Fax: 202-401-8607

 

Office of Public Affairs
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Room 7E231
Washington, DC 20202
202-401-1576
Fax: 202-401-3130

 

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
330 C St., SW, Room 3132
Washington, DC 20202-2524
202-245-7488
TDD: 202-205-4208
www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS

 

Publications Center (EDPUBS)
PO Box 1398
Jessup, MD 20794-1398
Toll free: 1-877-4ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827)
TDD/TTY toll free: 1-877-576-7734
Fax: 301-470-1244
E-mail: edpubs@inet.ed.gov
www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html
Ed Pubs is the Education Publications Center for the US Department of Education. You can contact ED Pubs to find out what's available on topics of interest to you and to order free copies of publications, videotapes, CD-ROMS, posters, bookmarks, and other products. Many Department publications can be acquired instantly in electronic form via the Internet. Use the contact information above to order copies of publications.

 

Federal Student Aid Information Center
319.337.5665
Toll free: 1-800-4FED-AID (433-3243) For info about how to apply for federal student aid.
(For general information on student loans, grants and scholarships available from the Department of Education.)
TDD/TTY toll free: 1-800-730-8913
Fax: 202-708-7970
E-mail: OPE_SFA@ed.gov
www.ed.gov/finaid.html, overview
www.studentaid.ed.gov, for students
www.ifap.ed.gov, for financial aid professionals
www.dl.ed.gov, for info about direct loans
www.studentaid.ed.gov, about this organization
If the student has already filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), he or she can check the status of the application by calling 1-800-4FED-AID. For Direct Loan toll-free services, including information about repayment options call: Direct Loan Origination Center Applicant Services:1-800-557-7392 Consolidation: 1-800.557-7392, TDD: 1-800.555.7395 School Relations: 1-800.877.7658

 

Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Information Center
PO Box 43165
Olympia, WA 98504
202-586-1510
Toll free: 1-877-337-3463
E-mail: eereic@ee.doe.gov
www.eere.energy.gov
The EERE Information Center provides information about conservation and renewable energy.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Office of the Assistant Secretary
Mail Stop EE-1
Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-9220
www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/

 

Office of Consumer Information
Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585
202-586-1908
Toll free: 1-800-342-5363
Fax: 202-586-8006

 

Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
PO Box 62
Oak Ridge, TN 37832
865-576-1188
865-576-8401 (Document Requests)
Fax: 865-576-5728
www.osti.gov

 

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20447
www.acf.dhhs.gov
ACF is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF provides national leadership and creates opportunities for families to lead economically and socially productive lives. ACF's programs are designed to help children to develop into healthy adults and to foster communities that are prosperous and supportive of their members.

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
706-352-3488
Toll free: 1-888-251-0075 (M-F, 9am-5:30pm ET)
Fax: 703-385-3206
E-mail: naic@caliber.com
naic.acf.hhs.gov

 

Administration on Aging
One Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20201
202-619-0724
Fax: 202-357-3555
E-mail: aoainfo@aoa.gov
www.aoa.gov
AoA is the Federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns. In this role, AoA works to heighten awareness among other Federal agencies, organizations, groups, and the public about the valuable contributions that older Americans make to the Nation. AoA also alerts others to the needs of vulnerable older people. Through information, referral and outreach efforts at the community level, AoA seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.

 

Elder Care Locator
Administration on Aging
Toll free: 1-800-677-1116 (M-F, 9 am-8 pm ET)
From Outside the United States: 301-419-3900 (When the operator answers - ask for the Eldercare Locator line)
Fax: 202-357-3555
E-mail: eldercarelocator@spherix.com
www.eldercare.gov
The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. The service helps those who need assistance find state and local area agencies and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.

 

Center for Beneficiary Choices
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
7500 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
Toll free: 1-800-MEDICARE (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Toll free: 1-800-633-4227
TTY Toll free: 1-866-226-1819
www.medicare.gov
Call 1-800-MEDICARE to get help with your questions about Medicare. You can order Medicare publications (English, Spanish, audio-tape, braille), get detailed information about the Medicare managed care plans in your area, order Medicare health plan quality and customer satisfaction information, and listen to recorded questions and answers on topics such as Medicare health plan choices and health plan quality information. CMS runs the Medicare, Medicaid, Clinical Laboratories (under the CLIA program), and Children's Health Insurance programs, and works to make sure that the beneficiaries in these programs are able to get high quality health care.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333
404-639-3534 (Public Inquiries)
Toll free: 1-800-311-3435
www.cdc.gov
www.cdc.gov/spanish, Spanish site

 

CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Toll free: 1-800-342-AIDS (2437) (24 hrs.)
Toll free: 1-800-344-SIDA (7432) (for Spanish speaking)
TDD toll free: 1-800-243-7889 (for Deaf and hard of hearing callers)
www.cdcnpin.org

 

Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857-0001
Toll free: 1-888-INFO-FDA (463-6332)
www.fda.gov

 

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Information Line
Food and Drug Administration
Outreach and Information Center
5100 Paint Branch Parkway HFS-555
College Park, MD 207403835
Toll free: 1-888-SAFEFOOD (723-3366)
www.cfsan.fda.gov

 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Building 1
One Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
301-496-4000
www.nih.gov
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

 

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
Adminstration for Children and Families
330 C St., SW
Washington, DC 20447
703-385-7565
Toll free outside DC: 1-800-394-3366 (M-F, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm ET)
E-mail: nccanch@caliber.com
nccanch.acf.hhs.gov

 

National Runaway Switchboard
Administration for Children and Families
3080 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Toll free: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
E-mail: info@nrscrisisline.org
www.nrscrisisline.org

 

Office of Child Support Enforcement
Administration for Children and Families
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW,
4th Floor East
Washington, DC 20447
202-401-9373
Fax: 202-205-5927
www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cse/

 

National Health Information Center
PO Box 1133
Washington, DC 20013-1133
301-565-4167
Toll free: 1-800-336-4797 (9am-5pm EST)
Fax: 301-984-4256
E-mail: info@nhic.org
www.health.gov/NHIC
NHIC is a health information referral service that links consumers and health professionals with organizations best able to provide answers to their health-related questions. NHIC also maintains www.healthfinder.gov.

 

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
NCI Public Inquiries Office
6116 Executive Boulevard
Room 3036A
Bethesda, MD 208928322
Toll free: 1-800-4-CANCER (422-6237) (M-F, 9am-4pm)
TTY: 1-800-332-8615
E-mail: cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov
www.cancer.gov

 

National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Blvd.
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
301-443-4513
Toll free: 1-866-615-6464
TTY: 301-443-8431, TTY toll free: 1-866-415-8051
Fax: 301-443-4279
E-mail: nimhinfo@nih.gov
www.nimh.nih.gov
NIMH is the federal agency that conducts and supports research that seeks to understand, treat, and prevent mental illness. Trained information specialists are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET. Contact NIMH for information on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, clinical trials and research. A publications ordering system is available on the NIMH website. Some publications are available in Spanish.

 

Office of Civil Rights
200 Independence Ave., SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, DC 20201
Toll free: 1-800-369-1019
Toll free: 1-800-537-7697
E-mail: OCRMail@hhs.gov
www.dhhs.gov/ocr

 

President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Department W
200 Independence Ave., SW, Room 738-H
Washington, DC 20201-0004
202-690-9000
Fax: 202-690-5211
www.fitness.gov

 

HHS-TIPS Fraud Hotline
Office of Inspector General
PO Box 23489
Washington, DC 20026
Toll free: 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477)
Fax: 1-800-223-8164 (Toll free)
E-mail: HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov

 

Department of Homeland Security

Washington, DC 20528
202-282-8000
www.dhs.gov, Homeland Security homepage
www.ready.gov, terrorism preparation website

Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20229
202-354-1000
Fax: 202-927-1380
www.cbp.gov

 

United States Coast Guard
Navigation Center
2100 Second St., SW
Washington, DC 20593-0001
202-366-4000
www.uscg.mil

 

National Response Center
United States Coast Guard
2100 Second St., SW, Room 2611
Washington, DC 20593
Toll free: 1-800-424-8802
Fax: 202-267-2165
www.nrc.uscg.mil
NRC must be called immediately if there is environmental release of hazardous chemicals, biological, radiological or etiological agents or oil pollution; NRC provides the WMD hotline.

 

United States Secret Service
950 H St., NW
Washington, DC 20223
202-406-5800
E-mail: www.secretservice.gov

 

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Toll free: 1-800-375-5283 (National Customer Service Center)
TDD toll free: 1-800-767-1833
uscis.gov

 

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Home Improvement Branch
451 Seventh St., SW, Room 9272
Washington, DC 20410
202-708-6396
Fax: 202-401-8951
www.hud.gov/improvements

Home Mortgage Insurance Division
451 Seventh St., SW, Room 9272
Washington, DC 20410
202-708-2121

 

Inspector General's Fraud Hotline
Office of Investigations
451 7th St., SW
Washington, DC 20410-4500
202-708-4200
Toll free outside DC: 1-800-347-3735
TDD toll free: 1-800-304-9597
Fax: 202-708-4829
E-mail: hotline@hudoig.gov
www.hud.gov/offices/oig/hotline/

 

Office of Manufactured Housing Program
Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory Affairs and Manufactured Housing
451 Seventh St., SW, Room 9164
Washington, DC 204108000
202-708-6423
Toll free: 1-800-927-2891
Fax: 202-708-4213
E-mail: mhs@hud.gov
www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/mhs/mhshome.cfm, Manufactured Housing
www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/mps/mpshome.cfm, Minimum Property Standards
The Manufactured Housing Program is a consumer protection program that regulates the construction of certain factory-built housing units called "manufactured homes," formerly known as "mobile homes." HUD works with 37 states to respond to consumer complaints. The Minimum Property Standards (MPS) establish certain minimum standards for buildings constructed under HUD housing programs. This includes new single family homes, multi-family housing and health care type facilities.

 

Office of Affordable Housing Programs
451 Seventh St., SW, Room 7164
Washington, DC 20410
202-708-2685
Toll free: 1-800-998-9999 (Community Connections)

 

Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
451 7th St., SW
Room 5204
Washington, DC 204102000
202-708-4252
Toll free: 1-800-669-9777 (Complaints Hotline)
www.hud.gov/complaints/housediscrim.cfm

 

Office of RESPA and Interstate Land Sales
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory Affairs and Manufactured Housing
451 7th St., SW, Room 9146
Washington, DC 20410
202-708-0502
Toll free: 1-800-217-6970 (Home Buyer Assistance)
E-mail: hsg-respa@hud.gov
www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/res/respa_hm.cfm, RESPA
www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/ils/ilshome.cfm, Interstate Land Sales
Handles complaints and provides information regarding real estate loan transactions and borrower rights under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The Interstate Land Sales program protects consumers from fraud and abuse in the sale or lease of land. The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act requires land developers to register subdivisions of 100 or more non-exempt lots with HUD and to provide each purchaser with a disclosure document called a Property Report. The Property Report contains relevant information about the subdivision and must be delivered to each purchaser before the signing of the contract or agreement.

 

Department of Justice

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Public Information
650 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Room 8290
Washington, DC 20226
202-927-7777
Fax: 202-927-7862
www.atf.treas.gov/

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Line
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Disability Rights Section--NYAV
Washington, DC 20035-6738
Toll free: 1-800-514-0301
TTY: 1-800-514-0383
www.ada.gov

 

Antitrust Division
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 3645
Washington, DC 20530
202-514-2481
Fax: 202-514-6543
E-mail: antitrust@usdoj.gov
www.usdoj.gov/atr

 

Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
202-514-2151
Fax: 202-514-0293
www.usdoj.gov/crt

 

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Washington, DC 20537
202-307-1000
www.dea.gov

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20535
202-324-3000
Fax: 202-324-2020
www.fbi.gov

 

Department of Labor

Office of Disability Employment Policy
Department of Labor, Room S1303
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365)
TTY toll free: 1-877-889-5627
Fax: 202-693-7888
www.dol.gov/odep

U.S. Department of Labor National Contact Center
Toll free: 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365)
TTY toll free: 1-877-889-5627
www.dol.gov

 

Employment Standards Administration
Department of Labor, Room S2321
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
1-866-4US-WAGE (1-866-487-9243)
TTY toll free: 1-877-889-5627
www.dol.gov/esa

 

Employment and Training Administration
Office of Public Affairs
Department of Labor, Room S2307
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
Toll free: 1-877-US-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627)
TTY toll free: 1-877-889-5627
www.doleta.gov

 

Mine Safety and Health Administration
1100 Wilson Blvd., 21st Floor
Arlington, VA 22209
Toll free: 1-866-4 USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365)
Toll free: 1-800-746-1554 (anonymous reporting of hazardous working conditions in mine area)
www.msha.gov

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Office of Information and Consumer Affairs
Department of Labor, Room N3647
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
1-800-321-OSHA
Toll free: 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742)
TTY toll free: 1-877-889-5627
www.osha.gov

 

Employee Benefits Security Administration
Office of Program Services
Department of Labor, Room S2524
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
Toll free: 1-866-444-3272
TTY toll free: 1-877-899-5627
www.dol.gov/ebsa
The Employment Benefits Security Administration provides information and answers questions on private sector, employer-sponsored pension benefit and health benefit plans.

 

Veteran's Employment and Training Service
Department of Labor, Room S1325
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
Toll free: 1-866-4-USA-DOL
TTY toll free: 1-877-889-5627
www.dol.gov/vets

 

Women's Bureau
Department of Labor, Room S3002
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
Toll free: 1-800-827-5335
TTY toll free: 1-877-889-5627
Fax: 202-693-6725
www.dol.gov/wb/
The Women's Bureau addresses work issues such as sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and family and medical leave, and dependent care (child and/or elder care) policies.

 

Department of State

Overseas Citizens Services
Washington, DC 20520
202-647-5225 (emergencies and non-emergencies, Mon.-Fri., 8:15 a.m.-10 p.m.)
202-647-4000 (after hours emergencies, Sundays, and holidays ask for the duty officer)
202-736-7000 (International Child abduction; Aadoption of foreign children)
Fax: 202-647-2867
travel.state.gov
For help with emergencies and non-emergencies affecting private Americans abroad. Office of Children's Issues (international child abduction & adoption of foreign children) 202-736-7000 Fax: 202-663-2674

National Passport Information Center
Passport Services
Toll free: 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778)
TDD/TTY toll free: 1-888-874-7793
travel.state.gov
Contact the National Passport Information Center for information on U.S. passports, including the status of pending applications, as well as the locations of the over 4,500 passport acceptance facilities.

 

Visa Services
Washington, DC 20520
202-663-1225 (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., EST M-F)
Emergency after hours: 202-647-1512
Fax: 202-663-3897
E-mail: usvisa@state.gov
travel.state.gov/visa
Contact Visa Services for information on U.S. visas for foreigners.

 

Department of the Interior

Bureau of Indian Affairs
1849 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20240
202-208-3710
www.doi.gov/bureau-indian-affairs.html

Bureau of Land Management
1849 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20240
202-452-5125
Fax: 202-452-5124

 

Fish and Wildlife Service
18th and C St.s, NW
Washington, DC 20240
202-208-4131
Toll free: 1-800-344-WILD (9453)
www.fws.gov

 

Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Reston, VA 20192
1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747)
www.usgs.gov

 

National Park Service
1849 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20240
202-208-4747 (Public Affairs)
www.nps.gov

 

Department of the Treasury

Acohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Public Information Officer
1310 G Street, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20220
E-mail: ttbquestions@ttb.treas.gov
www.ttb.gov

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Office of External Relations
14th and C St.s, SW, Room 533 M
Washington, DC 20228
202-874-3019
Fax: 202-874-3177
www.moneyfactory.com

 

Bureau of the Public Debt
Customer Call Center
Treasury Direct
P.O. Box 9150
Minneapolis, MN 55840
1-800-722-2678
www.publicdebt.treas.gov

 

Comptroller of the Currency
Customer Assistance Group
1301 McKinney St., Suite 3450
Houston, TX 77010
Toll free: 1-800-613-6743
www.occ.treas.gov

 

Financial Management Service
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
Liberty Center 401, 14th St., SW
Room 555
Washington, DC 20227
202-874-6740
Fax: 202-874-7016
www.fms.treas.gov

 

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
General Information: 1-800-829-1040
Automated Refund Information: 1-800-829-4477
Forms: 1-800-829-3676
Taxpayer Advocate Service: 1-877-777-4778
To Report Tax Fraud or Abuse: 1-800-829-0433
TDD toll free: 1-800-829-4059
www.irs.gov
IRS e-file and IRS e-payment are now available through the IRS website. To find out whether the IRS received your return and whether it was processed, visit the IRS website or call 1-800-829- 4477 or 1-800-829-1040. Whichever method you choose, you'll need your social security number, filing status, and the refund amount. Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) can be obtained by fax, mail, or phone. To get an EIN by fax or mail, download Form SS-4, Application for Employer ID Number, from www.irs.gov or order a copy from 1-800-829-3676. Complete the form and fax or mail it to the number or address shown on the form for your state. To get an EIN by phone, call toll-free 1-866-816-2065 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. local time. Don't fall victim to a frivolous tax argument or abusive scheme. Be on guard for tax scams and recognize that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

Office of Thrift Supervision
Compliance Policy
1700 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20552
Toll free: 1-800-842-6929
www.ots.treas.gov
The Office of Thrift Supervision handles complaints about Federal savings and loans and Federal savings banks.

 

Bureau of the Public Debt
Marketing Office
999 E St., NW, Ste. 313
Washington, DC 20239
202-691-3535
Toll free: 1-800-4US-BOND (toll free recording of savings bond interest rates)
www.publicdebt.treas.gov

 

United States Mint
Customer Service Center
10003 Derekwood Lane
Lanham, MD 20706
Toll free: 1-800-872-6468
www.usmint.gov

 

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
400 Seventh St.
Washington, DC 20590
202-366-2519
www.fmcsa.dot.gov, hompage
www.fmcsa.dot.gov/factsfigs/moving.htm, information about your rights when moving
Consumers may and are encouraged to submit household goods (HHG) commercial complaints to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by calling toll-free, 1-888-DOT-SAFE (368-7238). This same toll-free number may be used to report dangerous safety violations involving a commercial truck or bus.

Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20591
202-366-4000
Toll free: 1-800-FAA-SURE (322-7873) (Public Information Line)
www.faa.gov

 

AIR Consumer Protection Division
C-75, Room 4107
Washington, DC 20590
202-366-2220
E-mail: airconsumer@dot.gov
http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov
Contact AIR Consumer Protection Division with airline service complaints.

 

Office of Safety (RRS)
Federal Railroad Administration office address:
1120 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-493-6300
Fax: 202-493-6309
Railway Safety mailing address: Federal Railroad Administration 400 Seventh Street, SW Mail Stop 25 Washington DC 20590

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
400 7th St., SW, Room 5232
Washington, DC 20590
Toll free: 1-888-DASH 2 DOT (1-888-327-4236) (Vehicle Safety Hotline)
www.nhtsa.dot.gov
NHTSA wants to hear from consumers regarding potential defects in their cars. NHTSA's hotline has information on safety recalls; crash test ratings; child safety seats; bicycles; air bags; and impaired driving prevention.

 

Transportation Security Administration
400 7th St., SW
Washington, DC 20590
www.tsa.gov

 

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Toll free: 1-800-827-1000
www.va.gov
For information about VA medical care or benefits, write, call or visit your nearest VA facility.

Consumer Affairs Service
810 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20420
202-273-5760
Contact the Consumer Affairs Service for consumer information or general assistance.

 

National Cemetery Administration
810 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20420
202-273-5221
Fax: 202-273-6698
Contact the National Cemetary Administration for information about burials, headstones or markers, the State cemetery grants program, and presidential memorial certificates.

 

Veterans Benefits Administration
810 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20420
202-273-7588 (Publications only)
Toll free: 1-800-827-1000
www.va.gov

 

Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20420
Toll free: 1-877-222-8387
Fax: 202-273-9609

 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Energy Star Program
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Room 6202J
Washington, DC 20460
Toll free: 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937)
E-mail: info@energystar.gov
www.energystar.gov
The ENERGY STAR label is awarded to products for the home and office that are highly energy efficient. Buying appliances, consumer electronics, lighting, heating and cooling equipment and other products that carry this label helps protect the environment and saves money as well.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Information Clearinghouse (IAQ INFO)
PO Box 37133
Washington, DC 20013
703-356-4020
Toll free: 1-800-438-4318
E-mail: IAQINFO@aol.com
www.epa.gov/iaq/iaqxline.html
The IAQ is an easily accessible, central source of information on indoor air quality, created and supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Inspector General's Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Mail Code 2410
Washington, DC 20460
202-566-2476
Toll free: 1-888-546-8740
Fax: 202-260-0711
www.epa.gov/oig/ombudsman-hotline.htm

 

EPA Headquarters Information Resources Center
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
202-566-0556
Fax: 202-556-0562
E-mail: public-access@epamail.epa.gov
This is the EPA headquarters library, which provides assistance in locating EPA and environmental information, including general interest, non-technical publications on a variety of environmental topics.

 

National Pesticide Information Center
Oregon State University
333 Weniger Hall
Corvalis, OR 97331-6502
Toll free: 1-800-858-7378 (United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)
Fax: 541-737-0761
E-mail: npic@ace.orst.edu
npic.orst.edu/
A service that provides objective, science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related subjects, including: pesticide products, recognition and management of pesticide poisonings, toxicology, environmental chemistry.

 

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
RCRA, Superfund and EPCRA Hotline
Washington, DC 20460
703-412-9810 (DC metro area)
Toll free outside DC: 1-800-424-9346
Toll free: 1-800-535-0202 (9-6 EST)
TDD toll free: 1-800-553-7672
Fax: 703-412-3333
E-mail: epahotline@bah.com
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hotline

 

Safe Drinking Water Hotline
Toll free: 1-800-426-4791
E-mail: hotline-sdwa@epamail.epa.gov
www.epa.gov/safewater

 

Toxic Substances Control Act Assistance Information Service Hotline (TSCA)
202-554-1404
Fax: 202-554-5603
E-mail: tsca-hotline@email.epa.gov

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs
1801 L St., NW
Washington, DC 20507
202-663-4900
Toll free outside DC area: 1-800-669-4000 (file-a-charge information)
Toll free: 1-800-669-3302 (publications)
TDD toll free outside DC area: 1-800-800-3302 (publications)
TDD toll free outside DC area: 1-800-669-3302 (file-a-charge information)
www.eeoc.gov

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB)
445 12th St. SW
Washington, DC 20554
Toll free: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322)
TTY toll free: 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322)
E-mail: fccinfo@fcc.gov
www.fcc.gov
FCC accepts public inquiries, informal complaints, and questions regarding cable, radio, satellite, telephone, television and wireless services.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
550 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20429
202-736-0000
Toll free: 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342)
TDD toll free: 1-800-925-4618
Fax: 202-898-6683
E-mail: www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/
www.fdic.gov
FDIC handles questions about federal deposit insurance coverage and complaints about FDIC-insured state banks which are not members of the Federal Reserve System.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Office of Inspector General
Toll free: 1-800-323-8603 (Government Waste Hotline)
www.fema.gov

Office of Public Affairs
500 C St., S.W.
Washington, DC 20472
202-646-4600
Fax: 202-646-4086
E-mail: opa@fema.gov (general inquiries)
www.fema.gov

 

United States Fire Administration
National Emergency Training Center (NETC)
16825 South Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
301-447-1117 (Office of the Superintendent, National Fire Academy)
301-447-1286 (Office of the Superintendent, Emergency Management Institute)
Toll free: 1-800-238-3358
www.usfa.fema.gov

 

National Flood Insurance Program
Mitigation Division
500 C St., SW
Washington, DC 20472
202-646-2780
Toll free: 1-888-CALL-FLOOD
TDD toll free: 1-800-427-5593
Fax: 202-646-2531
www.fema.gov

 

Response and Recovery Directorate
500 C St., SW, Room 705
Washington, DC 20472
202-566-1600
Toll free: 1-800-462-9029 (Only after your area has been declared a disaster area)
www.fema.gov/about/respond.shtm
Disaster victims living in presidentially-declared major disaster areas can find out if they are eligible to apply for disaster assistance by calling the toll free number.

 

Federal Maritime Commission

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
Office of Consumer Complaints
The Office of Consumer Complaints
800 North Capitol St., NW
Washington, DC 20573
202-523-5725
Fax: 202-523-5807
E-mail: Complaints@fmc.gov
www.fmc.gov
FMC is the regulatory agency overseeing ocean carriers and certain other entities, operating in the waterborne foreign commerce of the U.S. FMC assists consumers engaged in disputes with transporting carriers as well as with cruise operators.

Federal Reserve System

Division of Consumer and Community Affairs
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
20th & C St.s, NW
Washington, DC 20551
202-452-3693 (Complaints Only)
202-452-3204 (Public Affairs)
TDD: 202-452-3544
www.federalreserve.gov
The Board of Governors handles consumer complaints about state-chartered banks and trust companies that are members of the Federal Reserve System.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Consumer Response Center
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580
Toll free: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
TDD/TTY: 1-866-653-4261
www.ftc.gov
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit the website or call the toll-free numbers above. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

General Services Administration

Federal Citizen Information Center
Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)
Pueblo, CO 81009
719-948-4000
Toll free: 1-888-8PUEBLO (catalog orders only)
Toll free: 1 (800) FED INFO
www.FirstGov.gov, The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal
www.pueblo.gsa.gov, FCIC homepage
www.ConsumerAction.gov, consumer information and tips
www.info.gov, citizen services
www.kids.gov, FirstGov for kids
www.Espanol.gov, First.gov in Spanish
espanol.consumeraction.gov, ConsumerAction.gov in Spanish
FCIC publishes the free Consumer Information Catalog, which lists more than 200 free and low-cost Federal booklets on a wide variety of consumer topics, and maintains a family of websites to help provide fast, free and useful information to citizens. Consumers can find answers through printed publications, by calling 1 (800) FED INFO, or by visiting FirstGov, the official portal for the federal government.

Surplus Federal Property Sales
1800 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20405
1-800-472-1313
www.gsa.gov, GSA homepage
gsaauctions.gov, GSA online auctions
GSA helps federal agencies dispose of unneeded property by selling directly to the public. We sell personal property, real estate, and vehicles to the public. For more information visit www.gsa.gov and click "For Citizens." The GSA Auctions e-tool offers the general public the opportunity to bid electronically on many federal assets. The auctions are completely web-enabled, allowing all registered participants to bid on a single item or multiple items (lots) within specified timeframes. To access GSA Auctions visit the second website listed above.

 

National Archives and Records Administration

National Archives and Records Administration at College Park
8601 Adelphi Rd.
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Toll free: 1-866-272-6272
E-mail: inquire@nara.gov
www.nara.gov
NARA is an independent Federal agency that helps preserve our nation's history by overseeing the management of all Federal records. NARA's mission is to provide ready access to essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience.

National Council on Disability (NCD)

Public Affairs Specialist
1331 F St., NW
Suite 850
Washington, DC 20004
202-272-2004
TTY: 202-272-2074
Fax: 202-272-2022
E-mail: info@ncd.gov
www.ncd.gov
The National Council on Disability is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on policies affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities. NCD works to empower individuals with disabilities and to promote equal opportunity.

National Credit Union Administration

1775 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-3428
703-518-6300
www.ncua.gov
The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund provides Federal insurance for nearly 10,300 credit unions.

National Labor Relations Board

Division of Information
1099 14th St., NW, Room 94000
Washington, DC 20570
202-273-1991
1-866-667-NLRB (6572)
1-866-315-NLRB (6572)
Fax: 202-273-1789
www.nlrb.gov
The NLRB conducts elections to determine whether or not employees want union representation and investigates and remedies unfair labor practices by employers and unions.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Office of Public Affairs
Office of Conusmer Affairs
Washington, DC 20555
301-415-8200
Fax: 301-415-2234
E-mail: opa@nrc.gov
www.nrc.gov
The NRC regulates the commercial use of nuclear materials and nuclear power in the U.S. to protect public health and safety.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Contact Center
1200 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20005-4026
202-326-4100
Toll free: 1-800-400-PBGC
TDD/TTY users, call the federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 Fax: 202-326-4156
www.pbgc.gov
Questions and comments about the website should go to webmaster@pbgc.gov. Personal Pension Inquiries should go to mypension@pbgc.gov. There is a list of e-mails for participants, plan administrators and others at www.pbgc.gov/contacts/allcontacts.htm.

Postal Rate Commission

Office of the Consumer Advocate (OCA)
1333 H St., NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20268-0001
202-789-6839
Fax: 202-789-6819
E-mail: prc-oca@prc.gov
www.prc.gov
The Commission holds hearings and makes recommendations to the Governors of the Postal Service on proposed changes in postal rates and mail classifications. The Office of the Consumer Advocate represents the interests of the general public in such cases. The Commission and the OCA are separate from the Postal Service and have no involvement in mail delivery or service matters.

 

 

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