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Ross Gianfortune

Senior Web Producer Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.
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10 Insane Things the Pentagon Gave to Local Law Enforcement

August 21, 2014 The Department of Defense Excess Property Program (1033) has seen a lot of criticism lately, as news surfaces about how local police departments are using the Pentagon's extras. Pentagon equipment used by the St. Louis County Police in Ferguson, Missouri -- the scene of riots following the shooting of Michael ...

'Curiosity' Leads Man to Steal Federal Explosives During a Camping Trip

August 18, 2014 Theft of federal property isn't always the most logical practice, but a man in Wyoming took the act to a new high (low?) last year when he stole more than 500 pounds of Forest Service explosives while camping. Budd James Nesius, 33, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of stolen ...

Infographic: Five Steps to Manage Government Regulations for Contractors

August 13, 2014 Contracting with the federal government can be complicated. From finding business opportunities to landing the work, the entire experience is full of rules and regulations. While a lot of -- mostly larger, mostly experienced -- firms are set up for these tasks, BDO, a professional services and consulting company, put ...

Former Postmaster General: Stop 'Prostituting' the Stamp Program

August 7, 2014 Add "angry ex-postmaster general" to the list of problems affecting the U.S. Postal Service. Benjamin F. Bailar, who led the service from 1975 to 1978, has problems with current Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's stewardship of the stamp program. In his letter resigning from the Citizens’ Advisory Stamp Committee, Bailar accused ...

Lawsuit Alleges DEA Will Trade Crack For Help on Investigations

July 16, 2014 The Drug Enforcement Administration has seen its share of scandals, but a lawsuit filed this week may be one of the more shocking. According to a report by the Associated Press, a lawsuit alleges that DEA agents paid an addict in crack cocaine for his assistance with an undercover operation ...

Pope Urges Protection for Unaccompanied Minors Flooding the Border

July 15, 2014 While American politicians try to come up with a solution to the issue of illegal immigration, one head of state -- and the religious leader of more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide -- made his position on unaccompanied immigrant children clear: The U.S. needs to provide "safe and legal migration" ...

An Emmy for Obama?

July 11, 2014 He's already got the Nobel Peace Prize and two Grammys, but will Barack Obama add an Emmy to his list of accomplishments? Obama's March appearance on the Funny or Die Web series "Between Two Ferns" was nominated Thursday for an Emmy in the Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program category. The ...

Real U.S. Defense Secretary Phones Internet's U.S. Defense Secretary

July 3, 2014 The Defense Department Wednesday released a photo of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the phone with U.S. Men's National Soccer Team goalkeeper Tim Howard. The call was to congratulate Howard on his historic World Cup performance in the United States' round of 16 match against Belgium. Though the United States ...

The White House’s Total Payroll is Down, But the Typical Staffer is Earning More

July 2, 2014 The average salary of a White House staffer increased slightly between 2013 and 2014, but the total pay for those 456 employees dropped. The White House is paying out $82,855 less in overall salary to staff this year than it did in 2013, according to its annual report of employee ...

Which World Leaders Dominate Social Media?

July 2, 2014 The 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns of Barack Obama were lauded for their digital acumen and, specifically, the camp's use of social media. According to a new study, Obama has translated those Twitter skills to the White House, though he sometimes lags behind other world leaders in engagement. Twiplomacy, an ...