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Ames Laboratory Science Performance Excels in 2012

Contacts:                                                                          For Release:  January 2, 2013
Alex King, Director, 515-294-2770
Steve Karsjen, Public Affairs, 515-294-5643

ImageAmes, IA – Scientific research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory continues to garner high marks.   The just released FY2012 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card awards Ames Lab an A- for Mission Accomplishments (Science and Technology), a key performance measurement area.  This high grade reflects a continuance of the same high standard of excellence achieved in this area in 2011. 

Other notable Ames Laboratory grades received in 2012 were in Science and Technology Project/Program Management (vision and leadership; strategic planning, recruitment, etc.) and Contractor Leadership/Stewardship (continuous improvement).  These areas also received A- grades, which were improvements over the B+ grades received in 2011.  (Of note, B+ grades are the expected performance in these areas).

In a message to employees, Ames Lab Director Alex King reported on the significance of the A- grades. “I am pleased we saw our grades go up again in 2012. This reflects the hard work and great outcomes produced by every member of the Lab, and I want to thank each and every one of you for your efforts this year.”  

The DOE’s Performance Evaluation Management Plan (PEMP), the plan upon which grades are based, provides the basis for determining annual contractor performance fees and the possibility of winning additional years on contracts through an “award term” extension.  A significant result of the Ames Laboratory’s A- in Mission Accomplishments in 2012 is the granting of a 12-month extension of the Iowa State University contract to operate the Ames Lab for the DOE.

“We are certainly pleased with the Ames Laboratory’s report card and the Department of Energy’s 12-month extension of Iowa State’s contract to operate the laboratory,” said ISU Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden.  â€œThe lab creates exciting collaborations and opportunities for our faculty and students.  This report card makes it clear the Ames Laboratory is producing science and technology that can help meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Since FY 2006, the PEMP has been utilized as a means of ensuring that all 10 of the DOE’s Office of Science laboratories are assessed in Science and Technology and Management and Operations against eight common performance goals with multiple objectives.   Ames Laboratory grades in all eight performance areas can be found at:  A copy of the Ames Laboratory’s 2012 PEMP can be found at:

The Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated by Iowa State University. The Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global problems.