My passport was expired and considering the closure of the embassy in Ottawa and having a plan to go to the old country, I didn't know what to do. Some said you just go and then when you land declare the expiry of your passport. Some at the other hand prevented me to do so indicating that I might get into trouble on the way, for example in Europe. I eventually found out that there was this Interest Office in Washington D. C. and decided to contact them. I tried both e-mail and telephone but neither worked. The e-mailed bounced back and I never got through the phone.
The cost of passport renewal in the old country is some $40 to $60 at the most while here I had to pay $187. Eventually I decided to gather all the documents and send them to D. C. I didn't want to take any chances so I forgot about the $150 extra I had to pay (considering the document preparation and mailing) and sent everything to the so-called Interest Office.
Luckily one day when I came back I realized that the package has arrived. The FedEx guys had slipped it under the door!
I have obtained 5 passport in my entire life so far. Two Canadians and three from the old country. Only 1 of them has issued in there! I got both Canadians in Calgary and two, out of 3 foreigners, one from Ottawa and one from Washington! Good thing is I have it now and I can safely travel.