2008 Rising Star Yao Liang

Yao Liang is a strong persuader who convinced the NYPD to embrace Web technologies

2008 Rising Star

TITLE: Certified information technology developer

AGENCY: New York City Police Department

Yao Liang


Yao Liang, 30, is responsible for developing enterprisewide applications for the NYPD's Intranet. He faced one of his biggest challenges in three years with the department when he embarked on the development of the Performance Online Evaluation System, a Web tool that lets commanding officers submit performance evaluations via the Intranet.

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The system replaced a cumbersome manual process and saved the department thousands of dollars. However, some managers in the department's personnel bureau initially were skeptical of new technologies and resisted the change. Liang had to convince them of the advantages of Web technologies. He listened to their concerns and answered their questions, ultimately developing the system to their satisfaction, said Christopher Apuzzo, an NYPD computer systems manager.

About Rising Stars 2008

Turnover among information technology leaders is a fact of life in government circles. Who's there to take the baton? The 2008 Rising Stars exemplify the strengths of the emerging generation of IT leaders, mixing technical savvy and innovative thinking with an instinct for collaboration and a commitment to the government's mission. Government Computer News is joining Federal Computer Week and Washington Technology in making the awards an 1105 Government Information Group 360-degree special report. For a look at all the Rising Stars, click here.

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