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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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The New American Ambassador to New Zealand is a Former Baseball Player

December 18, 2014 Early in 2014, The Daily Show ran a segment examining the credentials of ambassadors-to-be during their confirmations. Examples included since-confirmed Noah B. Mamet and Robert C. Barber -- neither of whom had traveled to their posts in Argentina and Iceland, respectively -- and former Sen. Max Baucus, who declared that ...

Video: Sketch Comedy Show Plays Off Stereotype of TSA Agents as 'Listless'

December 15, 2014 Terrorism isn't always a subject for comedy, but angling the comedy toward a series of popular complaints about airport security is ripe for such mocking. Comedy Central duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele took on the topic while lampooning the Transportation Security Administration on a recent episode of their eponymous ...

St. Louis Police Officers Ask NFL to Punish Players Who Publicly Supported Michael Brown Sunday

December 1, 2014 Several St. Louis Rams players are being criticized by a police officers association in Missouri for entering the field before Sunday's game in support of Michael Brown in the wake of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson not being indicted by a grand jury in Brown's death in the St. Louis ...

Obama Pardons Two Turkeys, Despite John Oliver's Pleas

November 26, 2014 Barack Obama presided over the yearly National Thanksgiving Turkey event Wednesday at the White House, sparing the lives of the two turkeys named Mac and Cheese. During the annual event, Obama said, "If you're a turkey and you're named after a side dish, your chances of surviving Thanksgiving are pretty ...

Attention Dieters: FDA Ruling Will Require Calorie Counts at Restaurants

November 25, 2014 Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows one of the hardest parts is counting calories while eating out. While crowdsourced fitness apps like MyFitnessPal can help with approximate counts, the fact that a Chipotle burrito tops the scale at more than 1,000 calories is good information to know. ...

Storify: Public Officials React to Obama's Immigration Address

November 20, 2014 Barack Obama announced his plans to fix the "broken" American immigration system Thursday night with a prime-time address to the nation. Obama outlined a three-point plan that would make more resources available for border operations, give more visas to high-tech immigrants and enforce existing laws against illegal immigration. "Even as ...

Report: BP Tried to Lobby the EPA to Let It Continue As a Government 'Business Partner'

November 13, 2014 After the Environmental Protection Agency suspended it from receiving any new contracts following the largest accidental marine oil spill in history, British Petroleum tried to convince the agency that it had fixed its problem and should continue to receive federal contracting dollars. Vice News' Jason Leopold obtained a July 2012 ...

Three Charts That Explain Feds' Low Morale in 2014

October 28, 2014 The results of the Office of Personnel Management's 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey do not show a pretty picture of morale. In addition to the breakout numbers surrounding millennials and veterans, the results show most feds think their coworkers are unfairly promoted, they're underpaid and that they don't have sufficient ...

Infographic: No, Millennials in Government Don't Love Their Jobs Either

October 24, 2014 While the stereotype of the "Millennial" often includes a more positive attitude toward changing the world and making a difference, the generation's respondents to the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey seem to paint a different picture. In the Office of Personnel Management survey for 2014 released Friday, 63 percent of ...

Do Stoners Come Up With Government-Funded Research Programs?

October 23, 2014 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his final "Wastebook" this week, outlining what he considered misguided spending by the federal government on things like research programs. Some of the programs sound ridiculous -- a life-size foosball game? But are they ridiculous enough to have been thought up by someone stoned out ...