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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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Thousands Want to Rename DC Airport after US Goalie -- and 'National Treasure' -- Tim Howard

July 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the U.S. soccer team was eliminated Tuesday from the World Cup competition in a 2-1 loss, American goalkeeper Tim Howard was the star of the match. Howard's 16 saves were more than any goalie had tallied in a single match since 1966. Now, a U.S. soccer fan has petitioned ...

Which World Leader Craves the Most Attention on Social Media?

July 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns of Barack Obama were lauded for their digital acumen and, specifically, the camp's use of social media. According to a new study, Obama has translated those Twitter skills to the White House, though he sometimes lags behind other world leaders in engagement. Twiplomacy, an ...

Treasury Posts Proof That Obama Kept Promise to Give Up 5 Percent of His Salary

June 30, 2014 In April 2013, President Obama pledged to give 5 percent of his salary back to the Treasury to show solidarity with federal workers subject to unpaid furloughs as a result of the sequester. Last week, Treasury confirmed that Obama is squared up on his end. He is paid in full. ...

We're No. 7!: US Drops Two Spots in E-Government Rankings

June 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite moves by the Obama administration toward digital transparency and open data, the U.S. government now ranks seventh worldwide in e-government, down two spots since 2012, according to a United Nations report on the matter. Released Wednesday, the E-Government for the Future We Want report contrasted the 185 U.N. members ...

Education Department Apologizes for Offensive 'I'm Poor' Tweet

June 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Education Department's FAFSA Twitter account Tuesday posted and quickly deleted a tweet that caused quite a backlash from followers who found it tone deaf and offensive to lower-income college students. In an attempt to connect with teenagers and fans of the Academy Award-nominated 2011 film "Bridesmaids," the @FAFSA account ...

DoJ to Federal Judge: Dismiss Insane Clown Posse's Lawsuit

June 23, 2014 The Justice Department Monday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from rap duo Insane Clown Posse, which asked for the removal of "criminal intelligence information" about the group's fans. The Associated Press reports that Justice is claiming that the rappers and their fanbase -- self-proclaimed "Juggalos" -- "have no ...

What Tests Today’s Contractors: 5 Charts Illustrating the Acquisition Landscape

June 19, 2014 With federal contract spending near its lowest levels in a decade, agencies are upping their solicitations and award-hungry companies are increasing their bid protests. Chief factors in the spending reductions are the drawdowns of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (the Pentagon being by far the largest contracting agency) and ...

'This is a Kick:' Biden Visits U.S. World Cup Team

June 17, 2014 After the U.S. Men's National Team won its first 2014 World Cup match Monday evening, Vice President Joe Biden visited the team in the locker room at Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. The United States beat Ghana 2-1, with a goal in the first minute and the 86th minute ...

Snowden: I Was Trained as a Spy

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After nearly a year since Edward Snowden went public with evidence of National Security Agency surveillance practices, NBC Nightly News released an early video clip of his first on-camera interview with an American news organization. In it, the 30-year-old explained his role in the intelligence apparatus as a federal contractor ...

Why Data Sharing Is the Future of Government

April 11, 2014 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy were only seven years apart, but the emergency response made it seem like the storms were centuries apart. The response to Katrina in 2005 was somewhere between a mess and a punch line, while images ...