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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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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...

Play of the Day: Friends Don't Let Friends Drone Drunk

January 28, 2015 After the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, President Barack Obama lead a delegation to the Middle East kingdom this week to repair his diplomatic standing in the world. Conan O'Brien looked at the people he met there, while The Late Show's video team put together a look at the...

Play of the Day: Sarah Palin is Back and Making Just as Much Sense as Ever

January 27, 2015 American Sniper is not just a critical and financial success, the film is also controversial for its portrayal of the war in Iraq and the film's subject Chris Kyle. The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore, however, is here to clear one thing up about the war itself: just how bad it...

Play of the Day: The President and the New England Patriots

January 26, 2015 Reactions to the State of the Union address keep coming. Late-night hosts joked about President Barack Obama's comments about winning elections burned some in attendance, leaving Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost to make note of reactions. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon also touched on the reaction theme, poking some gentle...

TSA Does Its Job, Finds More Guns in Carry-ons Than Ever Before

January 23, 2015 The Transportation Security Administration posted its 2014 year in review on its blog Friday and in it, the agency announced it had discovered more than 2,000 firearms in carry-on luggage during the year, in over 224 airports. The 2,212 firearms were not all loaded, but the blog post noted that...