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USEC Logo  Wass Consulting Group, Inc. (WCG) conducted a series of projects following the privatization of this formerly government-owned uranium enrichment organization, involving:

  • Change Management
  • Organizational Design
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Cost Reduction
  • Organizational Effectiveness

  WCG first reorganized both gaseous diffusion plants from traditional cost-plus government contract management organizations into a more efficient and effective, modern, private-sector organizational structure. Existing functions were streamlined, and needed but absent functions were identified and provided for. In addition, observations were made regarding several management processes including work control, maintenance, systems engineering, design engineering, plant support engineering, the use of performance indicators, training, and others.

  Later WCG reviews focused on improving effectiveness and efficiency in the two plants, on technology transfer, and on cost reduction:

  • Efficiency/Effectiveness reviews included extensive contact/interface with USEC personnel from senior and line management to workers, and addressed work control, operations, and production support functions, among others.
    Management processes were improved, duplication and unnecessary fragmentation were reduced, and lines of communication were strengthened.
  • WCG also defined the major organizational steps, staffing and timing needed to commercialize a new laser-based enrichment technology under early development at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.
    Calling on its commercialization/developmental experience gained in conducting several Prudence Reviews for nuclear plants, WCG developed timelines for commercialization, manpower and staffing requirements, Project Management needs, and estimated the various resources that would be required at various stages in the commercialization continuum.
    Ultimately, once the true costs and complexities of the commercialization effort were understood, the client decided to cancel the effort entirely, likely saving billions of dollars.
  • Most recently, WCG also aided USEC in completing production cost reduction projects aimed at improving competitiveness in the world market for enrichment services.
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