Statement Regarding Update to Jefferson Lab M&O Contract

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is sharing the following announcement regarding an update to its management and operations contract:

The Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA), and PAE Applied Technologies, LLC (PAE), announce the transfer of PAE’s membership interest in Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA), to SURA. JSA is the management and operating contractor for the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) in Newport News, VA. SURA will continue to perform the functions of the Administrative Member and Tax Member of JSA, managing the financial, business, and tax affairs of the company. JSA’s management and operating contract with the Department of Energy was amended on Oct. 29, 2021, to reflect this change.

About SURA

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) is a consortium of 60 research universities in the U.S. and Canada that manages collaborative research and education initiatives among its members and others, and the operation of scientific research facilities. SURA was selected in 1984 through a national competition to design, build, and operate TJNAF and its Continuous Beam Electron Accelerator Facility (CEBAF), the world’s first large-scale superconducting particle accelerator and the world’s highest continuous energy electron accelerator. SURA was the management and operating contractor of TJNAF since its founding until the establishment of JSA in 2006.

TJNAF, or Jefferson Lab, is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory. Jefferson Lab is home to CEBAF, a DOE Office of Science user facility. Scientists use CEBAF to probe the most basic building blocks of matter. These studies help us to better understand the particles and forces that build our universe. CEBAF serves more than 1,600 scientists worldwide.

In addition, the lab capitalizes on its unique technologies and expertise to perform advanced computing and applied research with industry and university partners. It also provides programs designed to help educate the next generation in science and technology. The lab serves more than 10,000 K-12 students annually. And one-third of all nuclear physics Ph.D.s awarded in the U.S. each year come from research conducted here.

TJNAF is located in Newport News, Va. The lab currently employs more than 750.

“We expect that this change will not affect the day-to-day duties of most JSA employees,” said Jefferson Lab Director Stuart Henderson.

Contact: Elizabeth Lawson, SURA,


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.

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