Obtaining FRD Services
Agencies who wish to obtain research and analysis services from
FRD should contact the Federal Research
Division to determine how FRD capabilities match up with the
agency needs. The following steps are necessary before FRD can commence
work on a project:
- Discussions concerning the goals and framework of the task
to be accomplished.
- Agency submission of a Statement of Work document outlining
- FRD presentation of a work proposal and cost estimate based
on the Statement of Work. Options with varying complexity and
cost will be included.
- Agency acceptance of an FRD proposal option and initiation of
financial documentation for transfer of funds to the Federal Research
- FRD co-signs financial documentation and returns copy to agency.
- Agency is billed as mutually agreed upon and work begins.
FRD is 100 percent cost recovery and cannot, by law, make a profit.
Only direct labor salaries and benefits, non-labor costs such as
travel, fee-based on-line services, special subscriptions, etc.,
and overhead can be charged.
U.S. Government and District of Columbia Government Agencies:
FRD offers research services on a cost-recovery basis under the
authority of the Library of Congress Fiscal Operations Improvement
Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-481, 114 Stat. 2187, 2 U.S.,C, 182c). The
revolving fund established by this legislation enables FRD to provide
services exclusively to U.S. Government agencies and to the District
of Columbia Government by means of Interagency Agreements (IAA)
for current- and future-year research. Funds remain on account until
expended and without fiscal year limitation.
To view the revolving fund law, go to: P.
L. 106-481 (2 U.S. C. 182c)
Agencies can be billed through the IPAC system. To ensure that
the IPAC system is used, please include your Agency Location Code
(ALC) in the IAA.
Agencies, organizations, and private companies that are not direct
subsidiaries of the U.S. or District of Columbia Governments may
also obtain FRD services.
For Federal Contractors:
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 51.1
allows Government contractors to use Government supply sources and
related services. When it is in the Government's interest, and if
supplies or services required in the performance of a Government
contract are available from Government supply sources, contracting
officers may authorize contractors to use these sources.
FAR 51.1 enables Government contractors performing research and
data retrieval services to use the full range of services offered
by the Federal Research Division (FRD) to entities of the Federal
Government and the District of Columbia.
The details on how to set up a Federal Research program for Government
contractors are presented in FAR
For Foreign Organizations, State and Local Government,
and the Private Sector:
The Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information
Service (NTIS) is authorized to accept funds from non-Federal government
entities (i.e., the private sector, state and local government,
international organizations, and others) to commission FRD work
through Interagency Agreements. To learn more about how FRD can
work for the private sector, go to: National
Technical Information Service (NTIS) .
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