Stanford Extends SLAC Operating Contract

January 29, 2013

Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) late last year signed a five-year contract to extend the university’s management and operation of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory through September 2017.

The contract defines Stanford University's responsibilities on behalf of the DOE in the day-to-day operations of SLAC, which is one of 10 DOE Office of Science laboratories.

Importantly, the contract continues the Stanford University benefits program for all eligible SLAC employees. “Employees remain Stanford employees,” said Jan Tulk, SLAC contract and partnerships manager.

The new contract includes some technical revisions, including the implementation of an annual performance-based fee to Stanford, consistent with all other Office of Science laboratory operating contracts.

The contract changes will not have a significant impact on the lab’s overall operations, and only a small percentage of employees will be affected, said Steve Porter, SLAC senior counsel.

“The contract extension recognizes the outstanding work Stanford University has accomplished at SLAC,” said Paul Golan, SLAC's DOE Site Office manager, “and it provides a platform for Stanford to continue to innovate and tackle difficult scientific challenges that face our nation.”

William Madia, Stanford’s vice president for SLAC, said, “Stanford is very pleased to continue our long collaboration with DOE with regard to the management of SLAC. The laboratory just celebrated 50 years of tremendous scientific accomplishments last year, and its future looks just as bright.”

Stanford's Board of Trustees signed the initial construction and operating agreement for SLAC with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission – one of the predecessor agencies to the DOE – on April 30, 1962; and the federal government agreed to lease the 426-acre SLAC site from the university for 50 years. That lease agreement was renewed by Stanford and DOE officials in August 2010 to extend through September 2043, and includes a provision for future extensions.