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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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Do Stoners Come Up With Government-Funded Research Programs?

October 23, 2014 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his final "Wastebook" this week, outlining what he considered misguided spending by the federal government on things like research programs. Some of the programs sound ridiculous -- a life-size foosball game? But are they ridiculous enough to have been thought up by someone stoned out ...

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Obama to Name Former Biden Chief of Staff As Ebola Czar

October 17, 2014 With increased pressure from Congress and the public for a stronger federal response to the Ebola outbreak, President Obama is set to name Ron Klain as Ebola czar Friday, CNN's Jake Tapper is reporting. Klain was chief of staff to vice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, and is considered ...

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Photos: How the Government Is Confronting the Ebola Outbreak

October 10, 2014 The U.S. government is mobilizing more personnel to stop the advance of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leading the way, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Defense Department have joined the fray. This week's announcement that CDC will assist Customs and Border ...

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The U.S. Plans to Amp Up Ebola Screening at Airports, But Will It Work?

October 8, 2014 With Ebola cases in the United States and Europe this month, the Centers for Disease Control is looking to scale up prevention and detection methods to ensure the virus does not make serious headway. According to The New York Times, the CDC is considering several methods to screen passengers who ...

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U.S. Africa Command: Ebola Mission Will Not Bring Disease Back Home

October 7, 2014 Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of the U.S. Africa Command, said Tuesday that Americans are not at risk of being infected by Ebola from service members deployed in Operation United Assistance. Rodriguez said those dealing most closely with infected Ebola patients are “highly trained,” have sufficient protection against the disease and ...

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If Ebola Spreads, How Close Are You to a CDC Quarantine Station?

October 3, 2014 With the news of one confirmed Ebola case in Texas and one patient with Ebola-like symptoms being monitored in Washington, D.C., fear of the disease's spread within the United States has been stoked. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the virus is likely to remain contained, but ...

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FCC Unanimously Strikes Down NFL Blackout Rule

September 30, 2014 Are you ready for some local televised football? In a unanimous decision, the Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to eliminate the National Football League's controversial blackout rule. Citing "significant changes in the sports industry since these rules were first adopted nearly forty years ago," the FCC said in a release ...

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Smithsonian's Panda Cub Celebrates First Birthday

August 25, 2014 What do you get the panda cub who has almost everything? The National Zoo gave its cub a traditional Chinese celebration and, more importantly, a cake. In conjunction with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the Smithsonian's National Zoo feted its prized cub Bao Bao Saturday morning with ...

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10 Insane Things the Pentagon Gave to Local Law Enforcement

August 21, 2014 The Department of Defense Excess Property Program (1033) has seen a lot of criticism lately, as news surfaces about how local police departments are using the Pentagon's extras. Pentagon equipment used by the St. Louis County Police in Ferguson, Missouri -- the scene of riots following the shooting of Michael ...

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'Curiosity' Leads Man to Steal Federal Explosives During a Camping Trip

August 18, 2014 Theft of federal property isn't always the most logical practice, but a man in Wyoming took the act to a new high (low?) last year when he stole more than 500 pounds of Forest Service explosives while camping. Budd James Nesius, 33, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of stolen ...