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 Birthday's cutest federal charge gets feted at the National Zoo.Ross GianfortuneMon, 25 Aug 2014 14:22:43 -0400 - FedblogSmithsonian's National Zoo10 Insane Things the Pentagon Gave to Local Law Enforcement, grenade launchers and underwear make their way to police.Ross GianfortuneThu, 21 Aug 2014 13:25:14 -0400 - FedblogPolice in Ferguson clad in SWAT gear watch protestors Aug. 9.Jeff Roberson/AP'Curiosity' Leads Man to Steal Federal Explosives During a Camping Trip was camping near a Forest Service storage facility and 'took it way too far.'Ross GianfortuneMon, 18 Aug 2014 13:42:35 -0400 - FedblogFer Gregory/Shutterstock.comInfographic: Five Steps to Manage Government Regulations for Contractors to deal with an audit, how to ensure compliance and more ways to stick the landing.Ross GianfortuneWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:41:18 -0400 Postmaster General: Stop 'Prostituting' the Stamp Program F. Bailar says Harry Potter and similar stamps lack 'gravitas.'Ross GianfortuneThu, 07 Aug 2014 16:43:50 -0400 - FedblogGone are the days of simple stamp design. Or eight-cent postage.akiyoko / Shutterstock.comLawsuit Alleges DEA Will Trade Crack For Help on Investigations is seeking damages for "severe emotional and physical harm."Ross GianfortuneWed, 16 Jul 2014 13:35:01 -0400 - FedblogUnited States Drug Enforcement AdministrationPope Urges Protection for Unaccompanied Minors Flooding the Border letter, Francis says the children should be 'welcomed.'Ross GianfortuneTue, 15 Jul 2014 12:28:10 -0400 Emmy for Obama? Two Ferns gets nominated by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.Ross GianfortuneFri, 11 Jul 2014 13:30:10 -0400 - FedblogFunny or DieReal U.S. Defense Secretary Phones Internet's U.S. Defense Secretary calls goalkeeper Tim Howard to congratulate him on historic World Cup performance.Ross GianfortuneThu, 03 Jul 2014 09:51:47 -0400 DepartmentThe White House’s Total Payroll is Down, But the Typical Staffer is Earning More 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 -0400 & BenefitsSergiy Palamarchuk/Shutterstock.comTreasury Posts Proof That Obama Kept Promise to Give Up 5 Percent of His Salary shows the president followed through on 2013 sequester promise.Ross GianfortuneMon, 30 Jun 2014 17:31:27 -0400 - FedblogUnited States Department of TreasuryDoJ to Federal Judge: Dismiss Insane Clown Posse's Lawsuit doesn't want to be in the business of fighting Juggalos.Ross GianfortuneMon, 23 Jun 2014 16:11:59 -0400 - 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 Landscape solicitations are up, spending is down.Ross Gianfortune and Charles S. ClarkThu, 19 Jun 2014 16:09:52 -0400'This is a Kick:' Biden Visits U.S. World Cup Team president congratulates players after a 'spectacular' win.Ross GianfortuneTue, 17 Jun 2014 12:04:25 -0400 President's Office via InstagramWhy Data Sharing Is the Future of Government across all levels of government will be key to effective operations and services.Ross GianfortuneFri, 11 Apr 2014 12:53:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesGenerational Divide? What Generational Divide? leaders span the ages to solve government's challenges.Ross GianfortuneWed, 19 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0400 - Promising PracticesWhat Is a Leader Without Character? executive Jack London examines the most important indicator of an individual's success.Ross GianfortuneThu, 06 Mar 2014 10:00:00 -0500 - Promising Practices#Budgetday Twitter Buzz to the president's fiscal 2015 federal budget varies widely.Ross GianfortuneTue, 04 Mar 2014 15:41:00 -0500 Design/Shutterstock.comDrinking and Sleeping: How D.C.-Area Feds Are Spending Their Snow Day’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 -0500 & BenefitsSnow falls on a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park Monday.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APFeds Remain a Presence at the Oscars employees dot major Academy Award-nominated films for the second consecutive year.Ross GianfortuneMon, 03 Mar 2014 11:11:00 -0500 - FedblogDirector Alfonso Cuarón won for directing Gravity's story of NASA astronauts caught in space.John Shearer/Invision/APRethinking the Modern Federal Manager's Kellie Lunney says 'change agility' is a key leadership trait in uncertain times.Ross GianfortuneThu, 20 Feb 2014 16:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesTry to Buy a Gorilla, Get a Federal Agent in a Gorilla Suit 1993, Fish and Wildlife agents nabbed a criminal by using unconventional methods.Ross GianfortuneWed, 12 Feb 2014 14:43:32 -0500 - 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 Union focuses on jobs, public-private partnerships in his fifth SOTU.Ross GianfortuneTue, 28 Jan 2014 22:41:51 -0500 - FedblogLarry Downing/APCreating Your Own Economy With a Side Business expert Kimberly Palmer explains how to tap into your entrepreneurial side.Ross GianfortuneWed, 22 Jan 2014 16:00:00 -0500 - Promising PracticesOscar Loves Uncle Sam Academy Awards honor films with plots involving federal law enforcement, astronauts -- and even the FDA.Ross GianfortuneThu, 16 Jan 2014 10:18:00 -0500 - FedblogBradley Cooper is nominated for his portrayal of an FBI agent in American Hustle.Sony - Columbia Pictures