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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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Play of the Day: Rand Paul and Barack Obama Talk Vaccines

February 4, 2015 A judge in January struck down a South Dakota law that banned gay marriage. On The Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore congratulated the state's most famous landmark on its new freedoms. The Disneyland measles outbreak has spread to 14 states, which has prompted national politicians to weigh in on the...

Five Charts That Show the Pentagon's Shrinking Civilian Workforce

February 3, 2015 It's well-known that the Defense Department is the largest agency in the U.S. government. President Obama's fiscal 2016 spending request for the Pentagon -- $534.3 billion -- is more than six times the next largest request of $79.9 billion for the Health and Human Services Department. According to Office of...

Play of the Day: Old Testament Law with Mike Huckabee

February 3, 2015 Monday was Groundhog Day, so the question was posed to a certain creature as to whether we were going to have more winter or an early spring, but for The Late Show's David Letterman, it wasn't the creature you think. Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is on a book tour...

Obama's Budget Adds 34K Federal Jobs. Would Any Be At Your Agency?

February 2, 2015 President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request may come as good news to agency hiring managers, many of whom have watched their workforce shrink in recent years. The president’s proposal would add roughly 34,500 full-time civilian jobs governmentwide, an increase of 1.6 percent over 2015 employment levels. The numbers do not...

Fiscal 2016 Budget Winners and Losers

February 2, 2015 After years of fiscal austerity, the White House is ready to open the checkbook. While spending at the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments would remain flat under the Obama administration’s 2016 budget proposal, most agencies would see their budgets grow—substantially in some cases. Among departments and large agencies,...

Play of the Day: Fun With PAC Acronyms

February 2, 2015 New Jersey's Chris Christie filed papers last week to form a political action committee and the PAC's web presence -- LeadershipMattersForAmerica.Org -- has an acronym with other uses. Not to be outdone, Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update reports, Joe Biden is forming his own internet acronym-based PAC. In other vice...

Obama's Budget is Being Released On Time. Finally.

January 30, 2015 President Obama is set to release his fiscal 2016 budget on Monday, marking the first time in five years that he's unveiled the budget on or before the statutory deadline of the first Monday in February. For the fiscal 2014 budget, Obama didn't submit the proposal until April 10, more...

Play of the Day: Tom Brady, Inflation and the Fed

January 30, 2015 In the northeast United States, the after-effects of this week's winter storm are still being felt, with plenty of snow still on the ground in Boston and chilly temperatures throughout the New York area. It's so cold, says Late Show's David Letterman that New Jersey governor Chris Christie has to...

DHS: Buying a Super Bowl Jersey? Make Sure It's Not Fake.

January 29, 2015 The Super Bowl is one of the United States' biggest annual cultural events, reportedly bringing in tens of billions of dollars in revenue. Everyone wants in on the money, including a lot of merchandise pirates. Federal agencies are teaming with the National Football League this year on a law enforcement...

Play of the Day: Headwear Can Offend in Saudi Arabia

January 29, 2015 Barack Obama's nominee Loretta Lynch made headlines this week when she declared that she would not be a rubber stamp for Obama policies were she to be confirmed head of the Justice Department. During her hearing, she also talked about torture, giving Conan O'Brien an opportunity to take a shot...