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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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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 ...

Obama to Name Former Biden Chief of Staff As Ebola Czar

October 17, 2014 With increased pressure from Congress and the public for a stronger federal response to the Ebola outbreak, President Obama is set to name Ron Klain as Ebola czar Friday, CNN's Jake Tapper is reporting. Klain was chief of staff to vice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, and is considered ...

Photos: How the Government Is Confronting the Ebola Outbreak

October 10, 2014 The U.S. government is mobilizing more personnel to stop the advance of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leading the way, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Defense Department have joined the fray. This week's announcement that CDC will assist Customs and Border ...

The U.S. Plans to Amp Up Ebola Screening at Airports, But Will It Work?

October 8, 2014 With Ebola cases in the United States and Europe this month, the Centers for Disease Control is looking to scale up prevention and detection methods to ensure the virus does not make serious headway. According to The New York Times, the CDC is considering several methods to screen passengers who ...

U.S. Africa Command: Ebola Mission Will Not Bring Disease Back Home

October 7, 2014 Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of the U.S. Africa Command, said Tuesday that Americans are not at risk of being infected by Ebola from service members deployed in Operation United Assistance. Rodriguez said those dealing most closely with infected Ebola patients are “highly trained,” have sufficient protection against the disease and ...

If Ebola Spreads, How Close Are You to a CDC Quarantine Station?

October 3, 2014 With the news of one confirmed Ebola case in Texas and one patient with Ebola-like symptoms being monitored in Washington, D.C., fear of the disease's spread within the United States has been stoked. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the virus is likely to remain contained, but ...