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Congressional Yellow Book Federal Regional Yellow Book
Federal Yellow Book Judicial Yellow Book
State Yellow Book Corporate Yellow Book
Municipal Yellow Book Financial Yellow Book
News Media Yellow Book Associations Yellow Book
Law Firms Yellow Book Government Affairs Yellow Book
Foreign Representatives in the U.S. Yellow Book Nonprofit Sector Yellow Book









Congressional Yellow Book

The Congressional Yellow Book lists 541 Member Offices, 221 Committees and Subcommittees (including Standing, Select, and Joint), 32 Leadership Organizations, 59 Member Organizations (Caucuses), and 9 Congressional Support Agencies. In addition, 15 Congressional Officers are listed; these officials are usually voted in by the entire membership or appointed by the Senate Majority Leader/Speaker.


Federal Yellow Book

The Federal Yellow Book lists the DC-area operations of all federal departments and independent agencies. We use the United States Government Manual as our guide. In most departments, the listings are to the branch level; however, depending on the organizational structure, we may list down to the section chief or team leader level. Each department and agency is its own organization. Some departments such as Commerce and Health and Human Services have Bureaus and Administrations that could be considered independent agencies.


State Yellow Book

The State Yellow Book contains the executive and legislative branches for all 50 states, the four U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The executive branch listings include departments, commissions, boards, authorities, councils, and other major offices. The Legislative Section lists all State Senate and House Leadership, State Senators, and State Representatives, plus over 2,000 Committees (including standing and some select committees), and 200 Legislative Agencies.


Municipal Yellow Book

The Municipal Yellow Book features information on all cities with a population above 100,000 people, all U.S. capitals, and the largest city in any major U.S. county that doesn’t have a formal county government. The Municipal Yellow Book also contains all counties with a population above 375,000.

The Municipal Yellow Book also contains all of the departments and offices that make up the government of the cities and counties that are included in our listings. This includes city attorneys, city clerks, county attorneys, county clerks, and staffs for Mayors ad county executives. In addition, the Municipal Yellow Book lists more than 70 public and quasi-public authorities.


Federal Regional Yellow Book

The Federal Regional Yellow Book lists the major components of all federal departments and independent agencies that are outside of the Washington metropolitan area. The listings include regional/district and field offices, military installations, and 180 U.S. embassies.


Judicial Yellow Book

The Judicial Yellow Book contains all federal judges federal judges that serve in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Tax Court, and bankruptcy appellate panels for U.S. Circuit Courts; all state judges that service on the highest appellate courts in the 50 states, US territories, and the District of Columbia, including state supreme courts and state courts of appeals; the DC-based operations and high-ranking officials of the U.S. Department of Justice, and Regional Offices of the DOJ that include the Executive Office for United States Attorneys and United States Marshals Service.


Corporate Yellow Book

The Corporate Yellow Book contains the largest 1,000 U.S. corporations that are manufacturers, service businesses, and utilities. We determine the size of the companies based on published annual revenue figures.


Financial Yellow Book

The Financial Yellow Book contains public and private companies that represent the following categories of the financial industry: 

  • The top Accounting Firms
  • Leading Brokerage Firms ranked by total consolidated capital
  • Captive Finance Companies based on importance or distinction within their field
  • Commercial Banks and Bank Holding Companies with assets over $2 billion
  • Commercial Finance Companies and Finance Leasing Companies based on importance or distinction within their field
  • Consumer Finance Companies based on importance or distinction within their field
  • Credit Unions with assets over $1 billion
  • National Exchanges and Markets
  • Financial Institutions that are part of the U.S. federal government, are wholly owned corporations of the U.S. government, or are fully regulated by the U.S. government
  • Leveraged Buyout (LBO) Firms with capital under management over $1 billion and distinction within the field
  • Life and Health Insurance Companies (including holding companies) with assets over $3 billion
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Specialists with assets over $500 million
  • Money Management Companies (including Pension and Mutual Fund Managers) ranked by assets managed
  • Mortgage Companies ranked by amount of mortgage originated or serviced
  • Private and Family Investment Firms based on importance or distinction within their field
  • Property and Casualty Insurance Companies (including holding companies) with premiums over $500 million
  • Reinsurance Companies based on importance or distinction within their field
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) and/or Real Estate Investment Companies ranked by market capitalization
  • Securities Underwriters whose common stock proceeds exceed $50 million; Municipal principal amount $500 million or higher
  • Thrifts (Savings Institutions) and Thrift Holding Companies with assets over $1 billion
  • Venture Capital Firms ranked by number of initial deals


News Media Yellow Book

The News Media Yellow Book covers the national news media in the top media markets that gather and produce their own news. The categories of media outlets listed are: 

  • Major news wires, newspaper chains and feature syndicates
  • Major daily newspapers
  • Major television, radio and cable networks and programs
  • Television and radio stations and programs in the top 30 markets
  • Syndicated television and radio news and interview programs
  • Leading and influential consumer and trade magazines and newsletters based on circulation and reputation
  • Foreign media that have bureaus in the U.S.
  • Leading publishers of the magazines and newsletters listed in the News Media Yellow Book
  • Biographical appendix of the influential journalists, writers and commentators working in the U.S. media


Associations Yellow Book

The Associations Yellow Book contains trade and professional associations operating on a national level. Organizations must be vocational in nature (members practice similar or allied trades or professions) and have an annual operating budget of at least $2 million. Exceptions to these parameters have been made for organizations that are of political, social, or economic importance.


Law Firms Yellow Book

The Law Firms Yellow Book lists U.S.-based law firms that represent organizations, have at least 55 attorneys, and have either a corporate and business law practice area, litigation practice area, or IP practice area.


Government Affairs Yellow Book

The Government Affairs Yellow Book contains the government affairs experts who represent the interests of leading corporations and their subsidiaries and divisions; financial institutions and their subsidiaries; professional associations; the major U.S. labor unions; and interest groups. Organizations must have a full-time government affairs staff, a political action committee, or federal or state representation.

For the purposes of the directory, government affairs includes not only those individuals who deal directly with legislators and policy makers, but also other members who research and analyze the government's legislative proposals and help formulate the organization's response to these proposals. Also profiled are government departments that have legislative and intergovernmental affairs personnel, including federal government divisions, U.S. states and territories, cities, counties, and municipal authorities.

The directory also includes law, advocacy, and consulting firms that represent organizations listed in the directory. Organizations must have a lobbying or legislative practice or staff.


Foreign Representatives in the U.S. Yellow Book

The Foreign Representatives in the U.S. Yellow Book contains non-U.S corporations and financial institutions and their major U.S. offices; foreign nations, including embassies, consulates, and permanent missions; intergovernmental organizations; foreign press outlets; and international law firms and their U.S representative offices.


Nonprofit Sector Yellow Book

The Nonprofit Sector Yellow Book contains the following types of organizations:

  • The Foundations section lists the leading 220 foundations. Total net assets are among the criteria used in selection of foundations. This section includes private, community, and corporate-sponsored foundations.
  • The Colleges and Universities section covers the leading 650 public and private educational institutions. General reputation, endowment, budget, size of faculty, and number of students are among the criteria used in the selection of colleges and universities. Professional schools and colleges are included at each educational institution. For each professional school and college listed we include the dean, heads of admissions, career services, and development, and the school’s librarian.
  • The Museums section covers the leading 75 museums. Attendance figures are among the criteria used in selection of museums. This section includes art museums, natural history museums, children’s museums, science centers, aquariums, and zoos.
  • The Performing Arts Groups and Centers section profiles the leading 70 performing arts groups including operas, symphony orchestras, and dance groups, as well as performing arts centers where these groups perform. Artistic reputation, geographic location, and audience figures are among the criteria used in the selection of performing arts groups and centers.
  • The Medical Institutions section lists the top 25 hospitals based on performance, as judged by multiple hospital industry rankings.
  • The Library Systems section covers the leading 40 public libraries and library systems. The total number of volumes held is one of the criteria used in the selection of library systems.
  • The Preparatory Schools section lists the leading 50 private elementary and secondary schools. Endowment figures are among the criteria used in the selection of preparatory schools.
  • The Charitable Service Organizations section covers the leading 40 charitable services. Total revenue is one of the criteria used in the selection of charitable service organizations.