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6 hidden hotspots in federal IT

The budget meetings might happen in Washington, but agency tech has some surprising centers of gravity.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Air Force's Safety Center blazed the trail for DOD cloud migrations -- and provides safety reporting and surveillance tools to a wide range of agencies.

Colorado Springs, Colorado
This mountain town has Air Force Academy cyber cadets, Space Command and is ground zero for GPS.

Eagan, Minnesota
While the national labs get most of the supercomputing glory, the U.S. Postal Service quietly runs one of the largest non-classified systems on the planet.

Huntsville, Alabama
The linchpin of the Army's data-center consolidation efforts is at Redstone Arsenal. And NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the Army's Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Activity are engaged in serious code-sharing.

Pasadena, California
Few agencies have bigger data than NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and its broader partnerships with the California Institute of Technology are directing big dollars to data science.

San Diego, California
Alliant 2 aims to be the contract of choice for IT services. The details that will shape procurements for the next decade are being decided in GSA's office here.

 

Where else outside the Beltway is great federal IT work being done? Let @FCWnow know on Twitter, or speak up in the comments below!

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John Klossner is a cartoonist and blogger for Federal Computer Week.

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