AMSO is a SC-line management organization that reports to the Deputy Director for Field Operations for SC (SC-4). Within SC, the SC-Headquarters (HQ) organization establishes policy and direction while the field organizations are responsible for implementing that policy and direction. The Site Offices are responsible and accountable for the management of an assigned laboratory contract, and the oversight of the operational and management performance of the assigned laboratory contractor. AMSO is assigned the DOE contract for the operation of Ames National Laboratory, currently with Iowa State University (ISU). Ames National Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility with a site and facilities in Ames, Iowa. It is one of ten world-class, contractor-operated laboratories under the management of SC. Ames National Laboratory is the smallest of the ten laboratories, with an annual budget of ~$60 million and a staff of ~315 full time equivalent employees, ~100 joint faculty, ~50 postdoctoral researchers, and ~160 graduate and undergraduate students.

The AMSO full time staff includes a Manager, a Contracting Officer, a Contracting Specialist, a technical Site Representative, and a Management & Procurement Analyst. The office is located on the premise of Ames National Laboratory. Additionally, AMSO utilizes a group of technical and administrative matrix support staff, as necessary, from the SC-Consolidated Service Center, located in Chicago, IL and Oak Ridge, TN.

The Ames Site Office (AMSO) mission is to successfully manage and administer the Department of Energy (DOE) performance-based management and operating contract for the safe, secure, effective, and efficient operation of Ames National Laboratory. AMSO supports the Ames National Laboratory mission within the Office of Science (SC) to provide key advances in materials science research, especially in materials theory, synthesis and characterization, of benefit to DOE.

The vision of AMSO is to be trusted, responsive and highly rated by SC, while delivering top quality federal oversight and administration of the contract for the operation of Ames National Laboratory. At the same time, AMSO will be considered an Office where DOE staff can find opportunities for professional growth and development.

The mission and vision statements set the current purpose and the top-level expectations for performance by AMSO manager and staff. The roles and responsibilities developed jointly with the SC provide a set of expectations for the Site Office and are described as they relate to the four key functions of the Site Office of 1) program and project implementation, 2) federal stewardship, 3) internal operations, and 4) contract management.