Samuel Heyman, the founder of the Partnership for Public Service, received the Presidential Citizens Medal in a White House ceremony today. Heyman founded the nonprofit in 2001 to try to improve the federal government and promote it as a good place to work as the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire.
The citation Bush awarded Heyman reads:
As a lawyer, public servant and philanthropist, Samuel Heyman has acted on his steadfast devotion to our nation. By encouraging young leaders to answer the call of public service, he has helped promote a vibrant federal work force. The United States honors Samuel Heyman for his dedication to improving the efficiency, transparency and accountability of the federal government.
Bush also awarded medals to 23 other people, including Anne-Imelda Radice, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Donald Powell, the White House’s former federal coordinator of Gulf Coast rebuilding.