Collection of Research Code Non-Disclosure Agreement Information

ICR 202208-3150-005

OMB: 3150-0240

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ICR Details
3150-0240 202208-3150-005
Received in OIRA 201908-3150-001
Collection of Research Code Non-Disclosure Agreement Information
Extension without change of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 08/16/2022
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 11/30/2022
962 640
962 640
0 0

This information collection request is an Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) used for domestic and foreign entities to obtain and use the NRC’s nuclear safety analytical computer codes. NRC develops and uses computer codes to independently model and evaluate safety issues associated with the licensed use of radioactive materials. As a global leader in nuclear regulatory research and safety assessment, NRC is frequently approached by domestic and international organizations requesting copies of NRC computer codes. In general, to obtain an NRC code an individual or organization first agrees to not redistribute the code (i.e., non-disclosure) through an NDA. The NDA also imposes terms and conditions for code use, and requires notification to NRC of code errors, code modifications, and updated user information. An officially signed and executed NDA of users agreeing to the terms and conditions is current NRC practice for access to NRC-developed computer codes. Once the NDA has been signed, received, reviewed, and accepted, the requesting individual or organization is given access to the requested code. The information collection enables the NRC to ensure that proper procedures and agreements are in place to guide the distribution and use of these codes according to NRC and U.S. Government policies and international agreements such as import-export restrictions and intellectual property rights. Further information collection on code errors and modifications by code users permits NRC to maintain control and quality of its codes in a timely and efficient manner.

PL: Pub.L. 83 - 703 1-311 Name of Law: Atomic Energy Act

Not associated with rulemaking

  87 FR 21672 04/12/2022
87 FR 50352 08/16/2022

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Collection of Research Code Non-Disclosure Agreement Information

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 962 640 0 0 322 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 962 640 0 0 322 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
This renewal of the collection of NDA information increases the overall annual burden to 962 hours for code users. This is an increase of 332 hours over the current clearance and is primarily due to the increased use of the codes from universities, members of the public, and other technical support organizations. The NRC anticipates increases in the number of NDAs submitted and the number of submissions to update the lists of code users. These increases are partially offset by an expected decrease in the number of code error reports. The information collected on the NDAs will be used by the NRC to verify that code users meet all statutory and regulatory requirements for access to the codes. Information submitted voluntarily about code errors and modifications will be used to improve the codes and maintain code integrity. There was also an increase in hourly fee rate described in item #12 above from $275 per hour to $288 per hour.

Carlos Navarro-Alicea 301 415-7000


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.

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