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Reminder: The Federal News Radio Book Club today

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speed-of-trustJust a reminder that the Federal News Radio Book Club will air today — Wednesday — at 2p ET on Federal News Radio 1500 AM and on

Just a reminder that we will be discussing The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey.

We are holding the book club on Federal News Radio’s mid-day program, In Depth with Francis Rose. Rose’s show gives us more time to hold that discussion — we have a full hour. And joining Rose for the discussion are… well, me… Covey himself, and Dave Wennergren, the Defense Department’s deputy CIO.

How can you participate? Well, listen in on the conversation this afternoon. We actually recorded the session yesterday in order to meet scheduling requirements and I can tell you there is some real insight there. If you haven’t read this book, I think you will want to by the end of the hour.

If you don’t want to read the whole book, Federal Computer Week has excerpts.

Tomorrow, I’ll post my review of the book — and of our discussion. And, of course, we welcome your thoughts… on this book… on trust… on what trust means to the government…

Meanwhile… join us on the radio…
2p ET on In Depth with Francis Rose on Federal News Radio 1500 AM and

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November 19, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Tim Young’s retirement festivities

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We have been tracking OMB’s Tim Young’s official announcement that he is stepping down… and that he is joining Deloitte Consulting. We had him on Monday’s Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.

Young, whose last day is Friday, had his retirement party yesterday — and it was an big showing. Much of that is because of Young, who has a wonderful sense of humor and a passion for the work he has done for the past nearly six years. Young has spearheaded the Bush administration’s e-government initiatives.

Young was hired nearly six years ago when he was 29-years-old. It was a big job for a relatively young guy. And Young was clearly very touched during his presentation yesterday on a whole host of levels.

It was a touching presentation — and he announced that he and his wife are expecting their second child.

Young has really loved his work at OMB — and he has made changes.

But it was interesting because the people at Young’s retirement lunch Tuesday were also touched by how the world has changed in the past six years. We all are awaiting what kinds of changes will come to Washington with a new administration — and many of us believe that there will be fewer then most people really believe. But it is almost impossible to imagine how the world has changed — particularly the technology world — has changed in the past six years. (Just to take us back — it was six years ago that Jim Flyzik retired from government, the Treasury acting CIO Mayi Canales announced her retirement, and consumer groups were pushing to drop telecom company WorldCom from GSA’s list of approved federal contractors.) It was before Web 2.0 was uttered. In fact, it was before YouTube was even around. (YouTube appeared in February 2005.) So there was a lot of reflection about the world of change.

On Tuesday, Young was presented with a flag that flew over the Capitol Building on the anniversary of the passage of the E-Government Act.

I have other presentations from Tuesday’s retirement festivities.

Congratulations to Tim Young. His last day as a government employee is Friday. In January, he will join Deloitte Consulting. (He joked that Tom Davis is following on his coat tails.)

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November 19, 2008 at 8:42 AM