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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D.C.-Area Feds May Take Unscheduled Leave as Metro Shuts Down for 29 Hours

March 15, 2016 This story has been updated. D.C.-area federal employees will get some unexpected leave or telework this week as the subway serving hundreds of thousands of Washington-area workers will shut down for at least 29 hours Wednesday and Thursday morning for safety inspections and potential repairs. OPM announced that agencies in...

Play of the Day: Some of Those Chicago Protest Signs Truly Insulted Trump

March 15, 2016 Hillary Clinton came under fire recently for her gaffe at Nancy Reagan's funeral, saying that the Reagans "started a conversation" about HIV/AIDS. Full Frontal's Samantha Bee clarified the truth behind Clinton's mistake, referencing the AIDS quilt, while The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore noted Clinton's famed preparedness. The fallout from the...

Play of the Day: Trump Rally or Fury Road?

March 14, 2016 Bernie Sanders last week upset Hillary Clinton in the Michigan primary and Saturday Night Live joked about his win there. With Larry David playing Sanders, they show joked about Sanders' support with homogenous voters and the lack of detail in Sanders' promises to said voters. After Donald Trump had to...

Play of the Day: The Charisma of the Democrats

March 11, 2016 With the ascendance of Donald Trump as the GOP frontrunner this cycle, Google searches involving the phrase "move to Canada" have spiked. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about this Thursday night, saying "it's almost like Google is saying 'We're scared, too… Let Bing deal with that maniac." The Democrats...

Play of the Day: Trump Steaks, Water and Magazine

March 10, 2016 Bernie Sanders beat both the polls and Hillary Clinton Tuesday evening in winning the Michigan primary. The upset took everyone by surprise, with Late Show's Stephen Colbert imagining Clinton's reaction and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joking about Sanders having been woken up with the news. Donald Trump had another...

Play of the Day: Some Candidates' Merchandise is More On-Brand Than Others

March 9, 2016 President Barack Obama wrote an introduction for the newest Peanuts book of comics. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah compared the president's two terms to that of the cartoon gang. First, he compared Obama to Charlie Brown and Congress to Lucy pulling the football away . He then pivoted to ask...

Play of the Day: The GOP is Tearing Itself Apart

March 8, 2016 The Democrats held a debate Sunday night in Flint, Michigan which gave Bernie Sanders opportunity, according to Full Frontal's Samantha Bee, to play his favorite game: Six Degrees of Corporation. Also at the debate, Hillary Clinton said she talks to God several times a day, which Conan O'Brien tied to...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Defends His Size

March 7, 2016 Hillary Clinton held a New York concert/fundraiser last week featuring singer Katy Perry. Saturday Night Live's Michael Che joked about the pop starlet's presence at the event, connecting the campaign to Clinton's famously lascivious husband. The GOP debate Thursday escalated some pretty gross talk that had been bubbling up between...

Play of the Day: Mitt Romney is Here to Save the GOP... Or Not

March 4, 2016 The Defense Department recently announced a program called "Hack the Pentagon" to find tech talent for the Obama administration. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted the contest and wondered if this was the best course of an action for an administration with cybersecurity problems. Mitt Romney spoke Thursday in Utah,...

DHS Dogs Demonstrate on Capitol Hill

March 3, 2016 The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee can hold contentious hearings some days. Today was not one of those days. Instead, the Senators got to talk about dogs. The committee held the Dogs of DHS: How Canine Programs Contribute to Homeland Security hearing Thursday with witnesses from the Transportation...

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