Government Executive - Authors - Ross Gianfortunehttp://www.govexec.comPrior to joining <i>Government Executive</i>’s online production staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at <i>The Washington Post</i>, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and <i>The Columbia Missourian</i>. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.en-usMon, 25 Aug 2014 14:22:43 -0400Smithsonian's Panda Cub Celebrates First Birthdayhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/smithsonians-panda-cub-celebrates-first-birthday/92318/America's cutest federal charge gets feted at the National Zoo.Ross GianfortuneMon, 25 Aug 2014 14:22:43 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/smithsonians-panda-cub-celebrates-first-birthday/92318/News - FedblogSmithsonian's National Zoo10 Insane Things the Pentagon Gave to Local Law Enforcementhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/10-insane-things-pentagon-gave-local-law-enforcement/92015/Helicopters, grenade launchers and underwear make their way to police.Ross GianfortuneThu, 21 Aug 2014 13:25:14 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/10-insane-things-pentagon-gave-local-law-enforcement/92015/News - FedblogPolice in Ferguson clad in SWAT gear watch protestors Aug. 9.Jeff Roberson/AP'Curiosity' Leads Man to Steal Federal Explosives During a Camping Triphttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/man-stole-federal-explosives-because-curiosity/91691/Man was camping near a Forest Service storage facility and 'took it way too far.'Ross GianfortuneMon, 18 Aug 2014 13:42:35 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/man-stole-federal-explosives-because-curiosity/91691/News - FedblogFer Gregory/Shutterstock.comInfographic: Five Steps to Manage Government Regulations for Contractorshttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/08/infographic-five-steps-manage-government-regulations-contractors/91358/How to deal with an audit, how to ensure compliance and more ways to stick the landing.Ross GianfortuneWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:41:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/08/infographic-five-steps-manage-government-regulations-contractors/91358/ContractingFormer Postmaster General: Stop 'Prostituting' the Stamp Programhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/former-postmaster-general-stop-prostituting-stamp-program/90890/Benjamin F. Bailar says Harry Potter and similar stamps lack 'gravitas.'Ross GianfortuneThu, 07 Aug 2014 16:43:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/08/former-postmaster-general-stop-prostituting-stamp-program/90890/News - FedblogGone are the days of simple stamp design. Or eight-cent postage.akiyoko / Shutterstock.comLawsuit Alleges DEA Will Trade Crack For Help on Investigationshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/lawsuit-alleges-dea-traded-crack-investigation-help/88849/Man is seeking damages for "severe emotional and physical harm."Ross GianfortuneWed, 16 Jul 2014 13:35:01 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/lawsuit-alleges-dea-traded-crack-investigation-help/88849/News - FedblogUnited States Drug Enforcement AdministrationPope Urges Protection for Unaccompanied Minors Flooding the Borderhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/pope-francis-urges-action-child-immigration-over-us-border-mexico-children/88732/In letter, Francis says the children should be 'welcomed.'Ross GianfortuneTue, 15 Jul 2014 12:28:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/pope-francis-urges-action-child-immigration-over-us-border-mexico-children/88732/DefenseWikimediaAn Emmy for Obama?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/emmy-obama/88483/Between Two Ferns gets nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.Ross GianfortuneFri, 11 Jul 2014 13:30:10 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/07/emmy-obama/88483/News - FedblogFunny or DieReal U.S. Defense Secretary Phones Internet's U.S. Defense Secretaryhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/real-us-defense-secretary-phones-internets-us-defense-secretary/87796/Hagel calls goalkeeper Tim Howard to congratulate him on historic World Cup performance.Ross GianfortuneThu, 03 Jul 2014 09:51:47 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/07/real-us-defense-secretary-phones-internets-us-defense-secretary/87796/DefenseDefense DepartmentThe White House’s Total Payroll is Down, But the Typical Staffer is Earning Morehttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/white-houses-total-payroll-down-typical-staffer-earning-more/87760/Average pay for a White House aide is nearly $83,000, similar to that of other feds.Ross Gianfortune and Kellie LunneyWed, 02 Jul 2014 15:54:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/white-houses-total-payroll-down-typical-staffer-earning-more/87760/Pay & BenefitsSergiy Palamarchuk/Shutterstock.comTreasury Posts Proof That Obama Kept Promise to Give Up 5 Percent of His Salaryhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-pledged-give-salary-and-treasury-posts-proof-he-did-just/87601/Department shows the president followed through on 2013 sequester promise.Ross GianfortuneMon, 30 Jun 2014 17:31:27 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/obama-pledged-give-salary-and-treasury-posts-proof-he-did-just/87601/News - FedblogUnited States Department of TreasuryDoJ to Federal Judge: Dismiss Insane Clown Posse's Lawsuithttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/justice-federal-judge-dismiss-insane-clown-posses-lawsuit/87013/Justice doesn't want to be in the business of fighting Juggalos.Ross GianfortuneMon, 23 Jun 2014 16:11:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/06/justice-federal-judge-dismiss-insane-clown-posses-lawsuit/87013/News - FedblogFrom left, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope filed the lawsuit in January.Carlos Osorio/APWhat Tests Today’s Contractors: 5 Charts Illustrating the Acquisition Landscapehttp://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/what-tests-todays-contractors-5-charts-illustrating-acquisition-landscape/86815/Contract solicitations are up, spending is down.Ross Gianfortune and Charles S. ClarkThu, 19 Jun 2014 16:09:52 -0400http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/06/what-tests-todays-contractors-5-charts-illustrating-acquisition-landscape/86815/Contracting'This is a Kick:' Biden Visits U.S. World Cup Teamhttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/06/joe-biden-congratulates-american-world-cup-team-after-spectacular-win/86599/Vice president congratulates players after a 'spectacular' win.Ross GianfortuneTue, 17 Jun 2014 12:04:25 -0400http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/06/joe-biden-congratulates-american-world-cup-team-after-spectacular-win/86599/OversightVice President's Office via InstagramWhy Data Sharing Is the Future of Governmenthttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/04/data-sharing-future-government/82327/Communication across all levels of government will be key to effective operations and services.Ross GianfortuneFri, 11 Apr 2014 12:53:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/04/data-sharing-future-government/82327/Management - Promising PracticesGenerational Divide? What Generational Divide?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/03/generational-divide-what-generational-divide-podcast-ygl/80842/Young leaders span the ages to solve government's challenges.Ross GianfortuneWed, 19 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/03/generational-divide-what-generational-divide-podcast-ygl/80842/Management - Promising PracticesWhat Is a Leader Without Character?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/03/how-lead-character/79918/Business executive Jack London examines the most important indicator of an individual's success.Ross GianfortuneThu, 06 Mar 2014 10:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/03/how-lead-character/79918/Management - Promising Practices#Budgetday Twitter Buzz http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/03/budget-day-twitter-buzz/79834/Reaction to the president's fiscal 2015 federal budget varies widely.Ross GianfortuneTue, 04 Mar 2014 15:41:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/03/budget-day-twitter-buzz/79834/ManagementTwin Design/Shutterstock.comDrinking and Sleeping: How D.C.-Area Feds Are Spending Their Snow Day http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/03/drinking-and-sleeping-how-dc-area-feds-are-spending-their-snow-day/79729/Washington’s federal employees are taking advantage of their post-Oscar day off thanks to Mother Nature, according to the Twittersphere.Ross Gianfortune and Eric KatzMon, 03 Mar 2014 14:56:55 -0500http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/03/drinking-and-sleeping-how-dc-area-feds-are-spending-their-snow-day/79729/Pay & BenefitsSnow falls on a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park Monday.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APFeds Remain a Presence at the Oscarshttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/feds-remain-presence-oscars/79684/Agency employees dot major Academy Award-nominated films for the second consecutive year.Ross GianfortuneMon, 03 Mar 2014 11:11:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/03/feds-remain-presence-oscars/79684/News - FedblogDirector Alfonso Cuarón won for directing Gravity's story of NASA astronauts caught in space.John Shearer/Invision/APRethinking the Modern Federal Managerhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/02/rethinking-modern-federal-manager/79058/GovExec's Kellie Lunney says 'change agility' is a key leadership trait in uncertain times.Ross GianfortuneThu, 20 Feb 2014 16:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/02/rethinking-modern-federal-manager/79058/Management - Promising PracticesTry to Buy a Gorilla, Get a Federal Agent in a Gorilla Suithttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/try-buy-gorilla-get-federal-agent-gorilla-suit/78695/In 1993, Fish and Wildlife agents nabbed a criminal by using unconventional methods.Ross GianfortuneWed, 12 Feb 2014 14:43:32 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/02/try-buy-gorilla-get-federal-agent-gorilla-suit/78695/News - FedblogIn case any shady zoo officials are reading, this is an actual gorilla. She looks and acts quite different than a fed in a gorilla costume.PhotoXpressStorify: GovExec Live-tweets the State of the Unionhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/storify-govexec-live-tweets-state-union/77732/Obama focuses on jobs, public-private partnerships in his fifth SOTU.Ross GianfortuneTue, 28 Jan 2014 22:41:51 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/storify-govexec-live-tweets-state-union/77732/News - FedblogLarry Downing/APCreating Your Own Economy With a Side Businesshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/01/create-your-own-economy-side-business/77285/Financial expert Kimberly Palmer explains how to tap into your entrepreneurial side.Ross GianfortuneWed, 22 Jan 2014 16:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/01/create-your-own-economy-side-business/77285/Management - Promising PracticesOscar Loves Uncle Samhttp://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/fed-characters-all-are-over-academy-award-nominated-films/76976/2013 Academy Awards honor films with plots involving federal law enforcement, astronauts -- and even the FDA.Ross GianfortuneThu, 16 Jan 2014 10:18:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/01/fed-characters-all-are-over-academy-award-nominated-films/76976/News - FedblogBradley Cooper is nominated for his portrayal of an FBI agent in American Hustle.Sony - Columbia Pictures