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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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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 ...

Aliya Sternstein Answers Your Cybersecurity Questions on Twitter

February 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nextgov senior correspondent Aliya Sternstein joined public relations house Weber Shandwick for its #WSGlobalDef Tweet Chat on Friday to answer questions about the threats agencies face, the new cyber standards just released by the White House, fallout from Edward Snowden's leaks, why you need to worry about the security on ...

Try to Buy a Gorilla, Get a Federal Agent in a Gorilla Suit

February 12, 2014 Twenty-one years ago, federal agents conducted something that could either go down in history as something out of a movie. Or possibly something out of the Darwin Awards. In 1993, American federal agents were tipped off by a Miami-area primate dealer that officials from a Mexican zoo were interested in ...

Not a Belieber: Senator Offers to Sign Digital Petition to Deport Pop Star

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If the Obama administration decides to take action on the popular We The People petition asking to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, he'll have support from at least one member of Congress: Sen. Mark Warner, Va. Non-Belieber Warner told a Hampton Roads morning radio show that he would sign ...

Never Say Never: Bieber Deportation Lands on Obama's Desk

January 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has to address an unlikely issue via its We The People petition site: Justin Bieber's immigration status. Over 220,000 signatures have been affixed to a petition submitted Jan. 23 that wants the Obama administration to "deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card." The threshold for an ...

Storify: Nextgov's 2014 State of the Union Tweets

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House touted the 2014 State of the Union as the "most social" such speech in history. Obama referenced tech startups early in his remarks and touted cybersecurity by saying that the U.S. continues to "combat new threats like cyberattacks." Obama also referenced the NSA program, albeit subtly, in ...

Storify: GovExec Live-tweets the State of the Union

January 28, 2014 In addition to liveblogging, the GovExec.com staff was also tweeting the most social State of the Union in the history of Twitter. The day began with Obama announcing that he will raise the minimum wage for workers under federal contracts, and his speech bore that out. The address included references ...

Creating Your Own Economy With a Side Business

January 22, 2014 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes The federal government shed 2,000 jobs in December, ending 2013 with a net loss of 79,000 positions, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A 2012 survey found that nearly 30 percent of the labor ...

Oscar Loves Uncle Sam

January 16, 2014 Federal employees are all over film. Often, they pop up as military service members in critically-acclaimed movies like Patton, The Hurt Locker or Saving Private Ryan. Federal law enforcement is omnipresent. Most movies on organized crime feature a an Elliott Ness type, and those films focused on the narcotics trade, ...

Making Government Easier to Understand

January 8, 2014 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Memos, press releases and general correspondence from government agencies are not always easy to read.. Often they’re full of dense wording and confusing sentence construction. While this may seem immaterial to some, this confusion discourages citizens from dealing with ...