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Ross Gianfortune

Engagement Editor Prior to joining Government Executive’s 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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Workforce Cuts in House and Senate Budgets, in One Chart

April 3, 2015 In the coming weeks, lawmakers will come together -- or attempt to come together -- on a legislative blueprint with potential to drastically reshape the federal workforce. The House and Senate have each passed their own budget proposals, and neither option paints a particular pretty picture for federal employees. Both...

Play of the Day: Religious Freedom in French Lick and Gary

April 3, 2015 New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is facing corruption charges over improper benefits connected to lavish travel and favors. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked Thursday about Menendez saying "he's not going anywhere" by connecting Menendez to Chris Christie's bridge scandal, while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon invoked a famous New Jersey...

Play of the Day: Clinton's New Platform Includes Free Guacamole

April 2, 2015 Indiana is in the process of changing its controversial religious freedom law after coming under heavy criticism for the bill. Wednesday, Indiana native David Letterman joked that the state is now going to outlaw same-sex carpooling, while seth Meyers deconstructed support for the law from 2016 hopefuls Jeb Bush, Ted...

Play of the Day: Indiana's Law Isn't a License to Discriminate, Just a Learner's Permit

April 1, 2015 President Barack Obama is planning his first visit to Kenya as president this coming summer, which is perfect fodder for late-night humor. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon referenced the birther movement in his monologue, while also suggesting the president is simply trying to mess with Republicans. Indiana's controversial new religious...

Women's Climb Up the Federal Management Ranks, in One Chart

March 31, 2015 The federal government is trying to close the gender gap in its workforce and Tuesday, it trumpeted the gains women have made in management roles. According to the Office of Personnel Management, far more women are likely to be working toward a management position than was the case one decade...

Play of the Day: It's Pronounced 'Bay-ner'

March 31, 2015 The NCAA Final Four is being held in Indianapolis soon amid Indiana's new law that could discriminate against those in the LGBTQ community. Conan O'Brien noted this in his Monday monologue, wondering about the implications of the athletes showing together in the Hoosier state. Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continues to...

Play of the Day: Yes We Cannabis

March 30, 2015 A Justice Department report released last week noted issues with sexual misconduct by Drug Enforcement Agency staff including sex parties with prostitutes hired by drug cartels. Saturday Night Live's Michael Che and Real Time's Bill Maher connected this latest news to similar issues in South America featuring Secret Service members....

Play of the Day: Schoolyard Antics or Just a Swing Set on the White House Lawn?

March 27, 2015 University and USGS studies have shown that precious metals are increasingly showing up in waste treatment facilitates in major American cities. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore scolded viewers about American privilege regarding the story, saying it makes sense that the rest of the world hates us... Our toilets are on...

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz Is Now On Obamacare. What Will He Do Next?

March 26, 2015 A serious drought has hit California and Florida is facing rising sea levels, with scientists attributing both to climate change. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has a solution: Get rid of both states and promote two territories. Ted Cruz's wife is taking a leave from her job, forcing the Texan...

Play of the Day: Ted Cruz Wants to Abolish the IRS

March 25, 2015 President Barack Obama is set to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Washington soon, despite the Iraqi leader's recent criticisms of American foreign policy. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon imagined Obama's reaction and it includes quoting the inimitable Taylor Swift and a play on a-Abadi's name. Texas Senator Ted...