What is FRD and the Federal Research Program?
The Federal Research Program of the Library of Congress was authorized
by the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Library
of Congress Fiscal Operations Improvement Act of 2000 (2 U.S.C.
182c).The Federal Research Program is run by the Federal Research
Division (FRD), the fee-for-service research and analysis unit within
the Library of Congress. FRD has provided custom products and services
on a cost-recovery basis to entities of the Federal Government since
1948. It also is authorized to provide the same services to governmental
entities of the District of Columbia. Through the Federal
Acquisition Regulations (FAR 51.1), FRD provides services to
authorized Federal contractors and through a comprehensive services
agreement with the U.S. National
Technical Information Service , FRD can provide custom research
services to the private sector, state and local government, international
organizations, and others.
FRD is organizationally part of the National Enterprises Directorate (NE), National and International Outreach (NIO). NIO combines many of the Library’s public-facing programs and activities.
The Federal Research Division provides directed research and analysis
on domestic and international subjects to agencies of the United
States Government, the District of Columbia, and authorized Federal
contractors. As expert users of the vast English and foreign-language
collections of the Library of Congress, the Division’s area
and subject specialists employ the resources of the world’s
largest library and other information sources worldwide to produce
impartial and comprehensive studies on a cost-recovery basis.
For more information about FRD, please contact us at [email protected].