"Sometimes it may seem as though the ships we are steering within the federal government are just too massive, too complicated, to set a new course. Again I submit to you that the President has given us not only the toolbox, but he's given us five key tools in the form of initiatives that help us to become real difference-makers.
They are: strategic management of human capital; competitive sourcing; improving financial management, budget and performance integration; and expanding electronic government.
These initiatives have helped us to make a real and very tangible difference at the USDA. Notice that I didn't say it's been an easy process; it's not. But I suspect there were easier roads you could have followed than one that led you to this room today. But on the other hand, I will also share with you, that the rewards have been very great. "