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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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Agency-By-Agency Spending Levels Under Trump's 2019 Budget

February 12, 2018 Most agencies would experience relatively large cuts under President Trump's fiscal 2019 budget request released Monday. At the top of the list, the Environmental Protection Agency would take a 33.7 percent hit from enacted 2017 spending levels. The State Department would see a 26.9 percent cut. Gains would come at...

How Many Employees Would Your Agency Lose (or Gain) Under Trump's Budget?

February 12, 2018 President Trump's fiscal 2019 budget request is light on detail about the reorganization plans agencies were required to submit to the Office of Management and Budget last fall, discussing instead much broader pay and civil service reforms. The proposal does, however, offer some hint as to the magnitude of workforce...

Play of the Day: Rex Tillerson and Russian Election Meddling

February 12, 2018 The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics began last week, with the opening ceremonies and parade of nations held on Friday. The Tonight Show put together a video of host Jimmy Fallon's impression of President Donald Trump mispronouncing and translating the various nations that marched including Kardashian (Kazakhstan) and Luxury Bird (Luxembourg). Secretary...

Play of the Day: What Exactly Was Rob Porter's Job?

February 9, 2018 The United States mixed doubles curling team beat Russia 9-3 to begin the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang this week. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the two nations' relationship, saying "Putin can rig an election, but not a curling event." White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned this...

Play of the Day: Trump Loves a Parade

February 8, 2018 A video circulated this week of President Donald Trump's blowing oddly in the wind while he walked onto Air Force One late last week, exposing what appeared to be a bald spot on the back of his head. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the video, saying "even Darth Vader had the...

Play of the Day: The Trump Spanish Phrasebook

February 6, 2018 President Donald Trump recently praised Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts’ appointment as the Republican National Committee’s new finance chairman, saying "I couldn’t be happier." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the news, noting that the Cubs have won a single World Series in 108 years. Andrew Gellert, Trump's pick for...

Play of the Day: More Responses to Trump's First State of the Union

February 5, 2018 A memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Ca., was released last week that cast aspersions on the FBI's unbiased investigations of some in President Donald Trump's orbit. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked about the memo, saying it was too boring and didn't rise to the level of "porn star...

Play of the Day: Trump's Promise Logic

February 2, 2018 President Donald Trump will not do an interview before the Super Bowl this week, bucking a recent trend for presidents. Conan O'Brien joked about the on Thursday, saying Trump didn't want to submit to the NFL's concussion protocol. Trump spoke at the Republican Congressional retreat Thursday about his first year...

Play of the Day: The State of the Union Responses

February 1, 2018 President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week to keep open the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying Trump probably thinks Guantanamo Bay is a water park. Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night and...

Play of the Day: Recapping the (Short) Shutdown

January 29, 2018 Late last week, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had already tried to fire Robert Mueller in the middle of Mueller's special investigation. Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked about the news, comparing Trump to the Hamburglar, both because of the president's alleged attempts at obstructing justice...