Construction Inspector

Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2023
Feb 01, 2023
Full Time

***This position is temporary in nature and is not to exceed 2 years. This is strictly a temporary appointment where there is no permanent need or permanent funding available for the work involved. This position is subject to the project needs of the Agency. Therefore, the appointment could be terminated at any time due to shortage of work or shortage of funds without any advance notice. If project work continues however, it could be extended beyond the 2-year time frame at the sole discretion of the Agency. As a non-permanent employee, you may also be separated for failure to meet management's expectations, with no advance notice.***

The position may require a Night Shift tour of duty and weekend work.

Mechanical Inspector Certification (CMI) and/or an International Code Council (ICC) commercial building inspector certification is preferred but not required.


The selectee is responsible for oversight of assigned construction activities on and off the Capitol Campus.

- Serves as an on-site inspector for various civil, structural, architectural, and mechanical projects and day-to-day phases of construction.

- Monitors construction activities to ensure work is performed in full compliance with construction documents.

- Identifies work not in compliance and takes proper and timely actions to correct performance deficiencies.

- Ensures that the entire scope of the work is performed and that all quality requirements placed on the construction/installation contractor are strictly enforced.

- Monitors the execution of construction activities from start through completion participating in acceptance and turnover.

- Performs a continuing inspection of procedures, verification tests, and site duties to ensure that activities in assigned areas meet contract requirements.

- Assists the Contracting Officer (CO) and Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) in taking appropriate action in cases of inadequate or nonconforming performance.

- Coordinates construction activities with consultants, in-house work forces, the Construction Division, Superintendents' Offices, and United States Capitol Police.

- Writes draft correspondence for the CO and COR to send to contractors notifying them of noncompliance and deficiency issues.

- Assists the CO in the preparation of stop work orders, Cure Notices and default letters. Attends and participates in kick-off, preconstruction, progress, client and stakeholder meetings.

- Participates in design review conferences of proposed contract changes. Assists in the reviews of Scopes of Work (SOW), plans and specifications prior to implementation of changes to assess construction feasibility and practical accomplishment.

- Confers with contractors, engineers, foremen, and craft workers regarding construction or design issues, resolutions of design conflicts or feasibility of construction changes proposed by contractors.

- Ensures proper quality and quantity of materials and equipment, workmanship, adequacy of contractor's methods, procedures and operations, effectiveness of the quality of contractor's controls and assures that the work is carried out in accordance with plans and specifications.

- Writes daily construction reports capturing work performed and whether work is in compliance with contract documents;

- Prepares various logs, technical notes, and technical summaries. Tracks construction activities against baseline and progress schedules for on-time completion of work.

- Maintains a list of deficiencies, develops draft notices to comply for the COR to issue, and tracks deficiencies for timely correction.

- Conducts labor interviews for compliance with the Davis Bacon Act and other applicable labor regulations and standards.

- Reviews shop drawings, preparing and coordinating responses to contractor requests for information, as well as, answering correspondence.

- Prepares engineering change proposals for incorporation into modification documents which involve design changes, differing site conditions, variations in quantity estimates, changes in specifications and drawings, etc., resulting from deficiencies encountered during the construction phase.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.

To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet one of the categories below:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States.


Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower (GS-09) grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

(1) Serving as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) or equivalent on assigned construction and consultant contracts;

(2) Working with project managers and construction managers monitoring construction contracts for compliance with contract documents and providing proactive oversight to identify and mitigate risks;

(3) Recommending improvements in design and efficiency, reducing changes to the contract, and enhancing operations;

(4) Using a full range of industry best practices, project controls, standard operating procedures (SOP), and various technologies in the overshadowing management of contracts.


No education substitution.

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.