Jefferson Lab’s Good Performance Leads To Contract Extension with U.S. DOE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Jefferson Science Associates, LLC today announced that it has earned a three-year contract extension to operate and manage the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia.

JSA’s contract with the U.S. Department of Energy will be modified after all necessary approvals are obtained. The extension is based on performance scores that Jefferson Lab received over the past three performance periods.

DOE’s Office of Science released performance scores on Thursday that showed that Jefferson Lab met or exceeded performance expectations in all areas during the 2008 fiscal year, the period from Oct. 1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2008. The lab received an “A” for science and technology, and an “A-” for management and operations.

“The lab continuously strives to produce world-leading nuclear physics research, to provide a safe and healthy work place, to protect the environment, and to wisely use taxpayer dollars. All of us are pleased that the DOE has recognized our efforts with a contract extension and an outstanding report card. All of us at the lab are proud of the work that we do,” said Hugh Montgomery, JSA president and Jefferson Lab director.

In 2006, JSA received a five-year operating contract from DOE that provided the ability to earn up to an additional 15 years. With the extension, JSA will continue to operate Jefferson Lab until 2014. JSA was created by Southeastern Universities Research Association and Computer Sciences Corp. specifically to manage and operate Jefferson Lab.

“Jefferson Lab is a remarkably productive research center that brings university physicists and other researchers together for collaborative work in a world-class facility. With its extension of the JSA contract, the Department of Energy has acknowledged the Lab’s outstanding performance and its role in advancing the nation’s science and technology programs,” said University of Virginia President John Casteen, chair of the JSA board of directors.

“We are pleased with this endorsement of JLab and especially the Lab’s exemplary performance during this contract period. We are committed to keeping the Lab in the forefront of nuclear physics research. And we will continue to fully support the Department’s basic research mission,” said Jerry P. Draayer, SURA president and CEO, and JSA board vice chair.

“Today’s announcement of an extension to the JSA contract is a validation of the successful model of academic and industrial partnership that we created to address the complex challenges of operating a national lab,” said Lawrence H. Hare, president, CSC Applied Technology Division and JSA board vice chair. “We look forward to our continued partnership with SURA in the operation of JLab for the DOE.”

The annual report cards issued by the DOE’s Office of Science evaluate the scientific, technological, management and operational performance of the contractors who run its 10 national laboratories. The report cards are based on eight common performance goals that focus on the delivery of science and technology; the operation of the labs in a safe, secure, responsible and cost-effective way; and the leadership, stewardship and value-added provided by the senior leadership of the labs and their managing contractors.

A “B+” grade is earned when an “expected” performance level is met. Grades above B+ indicate performance that exceeds expectations. Grades lower than B+ indicate a performance that has not met expectations and needs improvement.


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. JSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA).

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