Roy Simon: 1978 PMI
Roy Simon, Staff to the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, Office
of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Oceans Wetlands and Communities
Division, Partnerships Programs Branch, Office of Water, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
Roy Simon, won the Service to America Medal's "People's Choice"
award on September 27, 2017. This award is provided through
the Partnership for Public Service organization's annual Samuel J.
Heyman Awards. Mr. Simon is and has been the lead coordinator for
this Partnership since 2010.
This award is for establishment and operation of the Urban
Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP), since 2011, which fostered
creation of 19 local urban watershed partnerships and national
federal and public-private partnerships to clean up urban waterways
and surrounding lands and to spur economic development and
revitalize communities. The Partnership includes hundreds of
innovative leaders across EPA's headquarters program and regional
offices as well as the U.S. Departments of Agriculture,
Housing and Urban Development, and I0 other Federal agencies.
While this program was one of 430 nominated, people voted for the
UWFP the winner of each of three rounds of voting. The Partnership,
therefore, was chosen by popular vote for making "the most
admirable contribution to the American people."
Mr. Simon started as a PMI (Presidential Management Intern) in
the Social Security Administration in August 1978, and worked 3
rotations including quality control for the welfare programs and
for employment and training programs for public assistance
recipients. Mr. Simon also wrote regulations for public assistance
programs and led collaboration efforts with state
In 1983, Mr. Simon worked at the National Governors' Association
(NGA) helping implement national employment and training programs.
Next, on behalf of all the Governors, he participated in working on
the Hill and with agencies to address social and welfare policies
while helping run the Governor's social policy committee. As part
of this committee's agenda, he assisted with an early Governor
Kean/Clinton TV show on "day care at companies" on C-Span. Also, he
assisted in lobbying on welfare quality control amendments, child
care and child support and foster care legislation, as well as work
on food stamps (now SNAP) and legislation for the
elderly. This included assisting with gubernatorial testimony for
several hearings including one by Governor Clinton and the Social
Security Disability Program. At one point he helped pass the NGA
welfare policy when Governor Clinton was Chair of the NGA in
At EPA, in the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Mr. Simon helped
put in place the EPA Ground Water Policy and Guidance (still in
effect), the Agency Drinking Water Source Protection Policy and
Guidance/Measures to implement the relevant parts of the 1996 Safe
Drinking Water Act Amendments, and ensured assessments of source
water problems at the nation's 160,000 public water systems into
the early 2000s. He also pulled together numerous EPA ground
water committee meetings for the Deputy Administrator (testing the
agency-wide video teleconference equipment), and executed
collaboration for the Administrator/Secretary of Agriculture
testimony on environmental issues for the 1990 Farm Bill, mainly on
Finally, along with others, Mr. Simon managed the successful
700-person EPA source water protection conference in 2003, built
the Source Water Collaborative in 2006 (now consisting of 29
Federal and other organizations), managed operation of the Local
Government Advisory Council and the Drinking Water Advisory
Council, and, of course, spent a lot of time since 2010 making the
Urban Waters Federal Partnership operational and successful.