US DOE Cost Reduction and Productivity Improvement


Agency: Department of Energy

Title: $59M of Cost Reductions and Productivity Improvement

Background Information

The Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project Office at DOE's Albuquerque Operations Office has saved or avoided costs of $59 million since instituting its Cost Reduction/Productivity Improvement Program (CR/PIP) in 1988. This program formally implements and recognized suggestions from project employees. The originators of the ideas and the CR/PIP coordinators are empowered to implement ideas which improve quality or productivity, save or avoid costs. Teams of contractor and DOE employees also have worked with regulators t o make their ideas a reality. Everyone contributing to the beneficial suggestion or their implementation receives recognition from the Project Manager. In fiscal year 1993, 634 participants (60 percent of project employees) saved $11 million through 579 suggestions. This is the net benefit of each suggestion, the savings avoidance less the cost of implementation.

Examples of the 3500 ideas which contributed to the $59M of taxpayer savings since 1988 include:

Al Chernoff, UMTRA Project Manager said, "Our employees are really motivated and innovative! The success of the CR/PIP is due to teamwork between DOE, contractors, regulators and stakeholders to continuously improve the way we do business."

Main NPR Category: Employee Empowerment

Related NPR Categories: Cutting Red Tape

Contact Person: Nancy Lindas

Contact Phone: (505) 845-5666

Contact Address: UMTRA Project Office

P.O. Box 5400

Albuquerque, NM 87185-5400


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