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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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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 ...

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Infographic: Five Steps to Manage Government Regulations for Contractors

August 13, 2014 Contracting with the federal government can be complicated. From finding business opportunities to landing the work, the entire experience is full of rules and regulations. While a lot of -- mostly larger, mostly experienced -- firms are set up for these tasks, BDO, a professional services and consulting company, put ...

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Former Postmaster General: Stop 'Prostituting' the Stamp Program

August 7, 2014 Add "angry ex-postmaster general" to the list of problems affecting the U.S. Postal Service. Benjamin F. Bailar, who led the service from 1975 to 1978, has problems with current Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's stewardship of the stamp program. In his letter resigning from the Citizens’ Advisory Stamp Committee, Bailar accused ...

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Lawsuit Alleges DEA Will Trade Crack For Help on Investigations

July 16, 2014 The Drug Enforcement Administration has seen its share of scandals, but a lawsuit filed this week may be one of the more shocking. According to a report by the Associated Press, a lawsuit alleges that DEA agents paid an addict in crack cocaine for his assistance with an undercover operation ...

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Pope Urges Protection for Unaccompanied Minors Flooding the Border

July 15, 2014 While American politicians try to come up with a solution to the issue of illegal immigration, one head of state -- and the religious leader of more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide -- made his position on unaccompanied immigrant children clear: The U.S. needs to provide "safe and legal migration" ...

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An Emmy for Obama?

July 11, 2014 He's already got the Nobel Peace Prize and two Grammys, but will Barack Obama add an Emmy to his list of accomplishments? Obama's March appearance on the Funny or Die Web series "Between Two Ferns" was nominated Thursday for an Emmy in the Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program category. The ...

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Real U.S. Defense Secretary Phones Internet's U.S. Defense Secretary

July 3, 2014 The Defense Department Wednesday released a photo of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the phone with U.S. Men's National Soccer Team goalkeeper Tim Howard. The call was to congratulate Howard on his historic World Cup performance in the United States' round of 16 match against Belgium. Though the United States ...