Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Agriculture Department said it saved more than $1 billion over the last three years by acting more like one organization, instead of a collection of many bureau fiefdoms. Equal in importance to the savings, the Blueprint for Stronger Service initiative sparked a culture change among USDA employees. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the savings kept USDA going, despite budget and mission stresses. Read Jason’s related story.