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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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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 ...

Can You Save the Whales With a Smartphone?

December 20, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes One of the rarest large animals on the planet, the North Atlantic right whale can grow up to 59 feet long. These migratory whales tend to stay close to peninsulas and near continental shelves to feed. Hunted to near-extinction, ...

The Best Way to Fix HealthCare.gov? Scrap It and Start Over.

December 2, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes It's been almost a month since major issues emerged during the launch of HealthCare.gov, the website for Americans looking to sign up for a medical plan in the health insurance marketplace. And the problems remain in headlines. A key ...

FurloughYOLO: Federal Employees Tweet How They Are Spending Their Shutdown-Induced Time Off

October 10, 2013 When the federal government shut down Oct. 1, roughly 900,000 federal employees were sent home without pay. That number has been reduced somewhat, as the Defense Department brought back most of its furloughed civilians this week. Still, more than half a million feds are not reporting to work every day, ...

What is the Future of the Postal Service?

September 17, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes As of this week, the United States Postal Service began sending early retirement offers to more than 15,000 employees. The move is part of a plan by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to reduce the postal workforces without layoffs. Government ...

Play of the Day: Putin’s Times Piece Did Not Go Over Well

September 13, 2013 Syria remained a main topic on late-night TV Thursday night. With the Syrian admission that it does, indeed, have destructive weapons, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno joked about George W. Bush’s continuing search for weapons of mass destruction. Leno also referenced the recent story that the CIA has begun delivering ...

Play of the Day: Obama is Just As Confused as We Are

September 12, 2013 President Barack Obama spoke to the nation on Syria Tuesday night and, because of the timing of tapings, late-night show hosts got to discuss it Wednesday evening. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno thought Obama looked confused, while Conan O’Brien’s producers put together a video of Obama indecisively exiting and entering ...