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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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Technology Coverage, Then and Now

May 1, 2012 Our sister site Nextgov launches officially today, with a bevvy of stories on the intersection of technology and government. With that launch, it would be proper to take a look back at a couple of the first technology stories appearing in Government Executive magazine and on GovExec.com. First, April 1995...

Play of the Day -- Mitt Romney's primary victories

April 26, 2012 Jimmy Fallon went back to normal after having President Obama as his guest on Late Night, Conan O'Brien makes light of a student spilling yogurt on the President, and other late-night hosts focus on Mitt Romney's primary victories. Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:19 to find out...

NASA Wins Third Shorty Award

March 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier this week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration won the award for best government use of social media at the Shorty Awards in New York. The Shorty Awards are given to organizations and individuals using social media -- including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and social applications -- in the most...

State, Smithsonian Promote Ocean Health with Mobile App

March 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Reed Saxon/AP file photo Conservationists -- and even NOAA -- have often cited the ocean and its inhabitants as indicators for the global enviornment. The State Department is now getting in on that idea with the release of a software application highlighting the ocean's import to the world. Former ambassador...

Video: Clinton praises State workers in budget testimony

February 29, 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday on the Fiscal 2013 Budget and priorities for diplomacy. Clinton argued for $51.6 billion in funding for the diplomatic department. Defending the figure, she said it "represents an increase of less than the rate of inflation and...

Greed is Not Good

February 28, 2012 Once again, a government agency has enlisted a Hollywood icon to explain an intiative in the form of a public service announcement. In this case, the choice might at first seem a little counterintuitive. The FBI has tapped two-time Academy Award winner Michael Douglas -- a.k.a. Gordon Gekko, Mr. "Greed...

Federal Rhino Raiders Crack Down on Smugglers

February 23, 2012 Of the five species of rhinoceros, three are critically endangered due to habitat loss and, mostly, poaching. The rhino's horn -- made of keratin, the same substance making up fingernails, hooves and hair -- is used in Eastern medicine to cure any number of ailments, from cancer to bunions. There...

This Time, Feds Are Heroes on the Big Screen

September 20, 2011 Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh's latest film, Contagion, opened recently to rave reviews and even placed second in box office earnings over the past weekend. The film follows the response to a mysterious pandemic as it rapidly spreads across the United States. While the movie references recent federal emergency failures...

Twitter Drone Comedy

September 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Social networking? Micro-blogging? News aggregation? Twitter has seen many uses for defense IT and national security professionals since the service was rolled out in 2006, but one use has been flying under the proverbial radar: Comedy. Fake twitter accounts have been in the news before, with a fake Rahm Emmanuel...

Obama Highlights Science, Technology on UK Trip

May 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama's European trip this week began in the United Kingdom and while there, he focused some attention on science and technology issues of global interest. In a joint press conference, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and Obama both spoke on a key collaboration initiative between the two nations:...