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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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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 ...

One Chart Shows Why You Shouldn’t Trust the Feds With Your Data

April 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We reported in January about the spike in government data breaches that has compromised the personal information of federal employees and citizens. A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office shows that security incidents involving personally identifiable information more than doubled between 2009, when there were 10,481 such breaches, ...

White House Nixes Baseball Holiday Idea

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sorry, baseball fans. Everyone will be getting mail today, government employees will be working and banks will be open today, no thanks to the White House. The Obama administration responded Friday to a We The People petition calling for Major League Baseball's Opening Day to be declared "an American holiday." ...

Generational Divide? What Generational Divide?

March 19, 2014 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes The specter of an impending retirement wave has loomed over the federal government for years. As the baby boom generation ages, the fear that there will be a personnel shortage continues to grow. It is a recurring theme on ...

What Is a Leader Without Character?

March 6, 2014 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Character is a concept that can be difficult to understand, but leading business executive J. Phillip "Jack" London says it's the most important trait for leaders of organizations. "Good leaders aim to do the right thing," London says in ...

#Budgetday Twitter Buzz

March 4, 2014 Social media was abuzz with the announcement of Barack Obama's $3.9 trillion budget on Tuesday. While the Russian actions in Ukraine remained at the top of users' minds, Twitter lamented and celebrated Obama's budget. The Republican Party used a somewhat stale Internet meme from 2012, while others dove deeply into ...

Drinking and Sleeping: How D.C.-Area Feds Are Spending Their Snow Day

March 3, 2014 The Mid-Atlantic hasn’t seen this much snow since Snowpocalypse three years ago. On Monday, federal employees in the Washington, D.C. region received their fourth snow day this season. Some have pointed out that due to the above-average number of snow days this winter, the government shutdown in the fall and ...

Feds Remain a Presence at the Oscars

March 3, 2014 Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won acting awards Sunday at the 86th Academy Awards for Dallas Buyers Club, the story of Ron Woodruff, a man stricken with AIDS in the 1980s who battles the laws against experimental drugs that fight the disease. The film depicts the bureaucracy and federal regulations ...

Rethinking the Modern Federal Manager

February 20, 2014 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Working in government has proved arduous for federal employees in the early part of this decade. The recent government shutdown, sequestration and budget battles in Congress create uncertainty and frustration, especially for those in management positions trying to motivate ...