Financial Assistance for NRC Local Public Document Rooms (LPDRs)


To support the maintenance and operation of NRC local public document room (LPDR) collections located in libraries in the vicinity of nuclear facilities. These collections include licensing, hearing, inspection and enforcement documents about the local nuclear facility, and libraries serving as LPDRs provide assistance to members of the public who use these collections.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 05/03/2004 (Funding expired effective FY 03)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Dissemination of Technical Information.
Program Accomplishments
During fiscal year 2001, the NRC's Local Public Document Rooms program modified 62 existing cooperative agreements extending their period of performance for one additional year, plus issued one new cooperative agreement.
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Sections 31.a and 141.b.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This program is available to libraries operated by nonprofit educational or governmental institutions located in the vicinity of a nuclear power facility or other nuclear facility for which an NRC local public document room has been authorized.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public, the nuclear community, the media, State and local officials, intervenors in NRC proceedings, and environmental and public interest groups.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Application can be made by any library currently serving as an NRC full service Local Public Document Room for at least six months. Applicants must submit Standard Form 424 (Federal Assistance) and cost proposal. When setting up a new local public document room or a need to relocate a current collection, a Federal Register Notice is issued stating the intent. Applications are reviewed using certain set criteria and the applicant that best meets these criteria is accepted.
Award Procedure
All proposals will be reviewed by the staff of the NRC Local Public Document Room Program in consultation with other NRC offices that utilize the services of the local public document rooms, including the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation and the Office of the General Counsel. Notification of Awards will be made by the Grants Officer.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Three months.
How are proposals selected?
A proposal is judged for: (1) Whether institution is an established document repository with a history of impartially serving the public; (2) adequacy of physical facilities for shelving, equipment, and patron work areas; (3) adequacy of public accessibility to the library in terms of parking, ground transportation, hours of operation, open stacks, etc.; (4) proximity of library to groups known to use the LPDR collection and principal population centers; (5) proximity to the nuclear facility; (6) capability of the library staff to maintain the LPDR collection and serve patrons using the collection; (7) nature and type of related research resources such as government documents, especially NRC publications placed in Government depository libraries; (8) accessibility of handicapped persons to the NRC document collection; and (9) reasonableness of estimated cost.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are to be used to cover costs of maintaining and servicing the local public document room collection, including shelf and equipment space; filing, reference, and administrative staff time; and certain labor overhead expenses.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly Reports, invoices and annual cost proposal required.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Financial, property, and statistical records, including supporting documents, and all other records pertinent to the financial assistance shall be retained until expiration of three (3) years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report, or until completion and resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. In all cases, records must be retained until resolution of any audit questions. The NRC records (documents) in the LPDR document collection itself must remain on site in a publicly accessible location within the library.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to five years.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
For information concerning the NRC Local Public Document Room Program, contact the LPDR Program Staff, Information Management Division, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. Telephone: (800) 638-8081.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 02 $159,005; FY 03 est $151,000; and FY 04 est $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average range for fiscal year 2001 is $500.00 to $9,817.56.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
NRC Bulletin 5106-2 dated October 2, 1980.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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