Government Executive - Authors - Ross Gianfortunehttp://www.govexec.com/voices/ross-gianfortune/2205/Prior 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-usWed, 26 Nov 2014 14:37:57 -0500Obama Pardons Two Turkeys, Despite John Oliver's Pleashttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/obama-pardons-turkey-john-oliver-pleas-last-week-tonight-thanksgiving/100022/The annual White House Thanksgiving tradition carries on.Ross GianfortuneWed, 26 Nov 2014 14:37:57 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/obama-pardons-turkey-john-oliver-pleas-last-week-tonight-thanksgiving/100022/ManagementWhite House via YouTubeAttention Dieters: FDA Ruling Will Require Calorie Counts at Restaurantshttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/mcdonalds-fda-calorie-counts-restaurants-rules-chipotle-hamburgers/99905/New requirements will make sure eateries "conspicuously" inform customers of nutrition information.Ross GianfortuneTue, 25 Nov 2014 12:12:16 -0500http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/11/mcdonalds-fda-calorie-counts-restaurants-rules-chipotle-hamburgers/99905/ManagementDo you really want to know how many calories are in this meal? SSokolov / Shutterstock.comStorify: Public Officials React to Obama's Immigration Addresshttp://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/storify-public-officials-react-obamas-immigration-address/99629/Social media reactions to Obama's announcement, mostly along party lines.Ross GianfortuneThu, 20 Nov 2014 21:16:07 -0500http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2014/11/storify-public-officials-react-obamas-immigration-address/99629/OversightWhite House via YouTubeReport: BP Tried to Lobby the EPA to Let It Continue As a Government 'Business Partner'http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/report-bp-tried-lobby-epa-let-it-continue-government-business-partner/98945/Vice News obtained a confidential 72-page report the company produced to convince the agency to keep giving it contracting dollars.Ross GianfortuneThu, 13 Nov 2014 11:11:38 -0500http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2014/11/report-bp-tried-lobby-epa-let-it-continue-government-business-partner/98945/ContractingCoast Guard file photoThree Charts That Explain Feds' Low Morale in 2014http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/three-charts-explain-feds-morale-2014/97574/Most are worried the wrong people are being promoted, and confidence in leadership continues to decline.Ross GianfortuneTue, 28 Oct 2014 12:53:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/three-charts-explain-feds-morale-2014/97574/Pay & Benefitsdachazworks/Shutterstock.comInfographic: No, Millennials in Government Don't Love Their Jobs Eitherhttp://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/no-millennials-government-dont-love-their-jobs-either-Infographic/97340/Younger respondents to OPM's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey report lower satisfaction in their jobs.Ross GianfortuneFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:22:45 -0400http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/10/no-millennials-government-dont-love-their-jobs-either-Infographic/97340/Pay & BenefitsPressmaster/Shutterstock.comDo Stoners Come Up With Government-Funded Research Programs?http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/do-stoned-people-come-government-funded-research-programs/97232/Late-night hosts asks his audience to separate real from fake projects.Ross GianfortuneThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2014/10/do-stoned-people-come-government-funded-research-programs/97232/News - FedblogABCObama to Name Former Biden Chief of Staff As Ebola Czarhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/obama-name-former-biden-chief-staff-ebola-czar/96749/Ron Klain served in the White House from 2009-2011.Ross GianfortuneFri, 17 Oct 2014 11:44:32 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/obama-name-former-biden-chief-staff-ebola-czar/96749/ManagementNixx Photography/Shutterstock.comPhotos: How the Government Is Confronting the Ebola Outbreakhttp://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/photos-how-government-dealing-ebola/96164/USAID, CDC and Defense are among the agencies collaborating to contain the disease's advance.Ross GianfortuneFri, 10 Oct 2014 10:40:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/photos-how-government-dealing-ebola/96164/ManagementCDC officials don protective equipment when they enter a quarantine unit in Liberia in August.CDCThe U.S. Plans to Amp Up Ebola Screening at Airports, But Will It Work?http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/us-has-said-it-will-amp-ebola-screening-airports-will-it-work/96059/Experts suggest screenings aren't iron-clad at preventing the disease from making its way to the United States.Ross GianfortuneWed, 08 Oct 2014 13:09:28 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/us-has-said-it-will-amp-ebola-screening-airports-will-it-work/96059/ManagementAir travelers walk through New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2013.Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.comU.S. Africa Command: Ebola Mission Will Not Bring Disease Back Homehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/us-africa-command-ebola-mission-will-not-bring-disease-back-home/95972/Deployed personnel are highly trained and will be treated immediately if infected.Ross GianfortuneTue, 07 Oct 2014 15:49:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2014/10/us-africa-command-ebola-mission-will-not-bring-disease-back-home/95972/Defense"The health and safety of the team supporting this mission is our priority," Gen. David Rodriguez said.Defense DepartmentIf Ebola Spreads, How Close Are You to a CDC Quarantine Station?http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/how-close-are-you-cdc-ebola-quarantine-station/95768/The agency has 20 facilities to help stop outbreaks of deadly contagious diseases in the United States.Ross GianfortuneFri, 03 Oct 2014 14:20:11 -0400http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/10/how-close-are-you-cdc-ebola-quarantine-station/95768/ManagementCDC Director Tom Frieden addressed the media Wednesday on the disease.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via YouTubeFCC Unanimously Strikes Down NFL Blackout Rulehttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/fcc-unanimously-strikes-down-nfl-blackout-rule/95438/Commissioner calls the ruling a "victory for fans."Ross GianfortuneTue, 30 Sep 2014 12:34:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/fcc-unanimously-strikes-down-nfl-blackout-rule/95438/TechChicago Bear quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass during the team's game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.Charles Rex Arbogast/APSmithsonian'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/AP