Construction Inspector

Washington, D.C
Jun 12, 2021
Jun 17, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Chief Engineer, Construction Division, Construction Branch. The selectee inspects work on construction projects for compliance with contract requirements. Projects involve structures which are of great historical significance at multiple sites throughout the Capitol Complex.

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*** This position is temporary in nature and is not to exceed 24 months. 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 24-month 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 individual selected for this position will be responsible for the following:

Inspection Activities
  • Oversees assigned construction activities involving restoration or renovation projects; Inspects in-house construction force.
  • Serves as an on-site inspector for various civil, structural, architectural, and mechanical projects and day-to-day phases of construction.
  • Monitors construction activities from planning and design through demolition and accessioning of completed projects to ensure work is performed in full compliance with construction documents.
  • Applies a knowledge of all laws, regulations, and specifications relating to construction related environmental requirements of the project.
  • Provides timely written documentation in the form of daily construction reports capturing work performed and status of compliance with contract and drawing requirements.
  • Prepares various logs within Construction Division Management System, technical notes, and technical summaries.
  • Tracks construction activities against baseline and progress schedules to determine compliance with project schedule for on time completion of work; Maintains list of deficiencies and tracks deficiency for timely correction.

Contractor Oversight
  • Ensures the requirements of assigned contracts are met; Identifies issues that could impact schedule, scope, quality, and budget.
  • Performs on site quality assurance; Ensures that the entire scope of work is performed and that all quality requirements placed on the construction/installation contractor are strictly enforced.
  • Provides recommendations on controversial matters arising between Government and contractor personnel.
  • Monitors the execution of construction activities from start through completion and participates in acceptance and turnover.
  • Assists the Contracting Officer (CO) and Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) in taking appropriate action in cases of inadequate or nonconforming performance.
  • Coordinates construction activities with consultants, in-house work force managers, the Superintendents' Offices, and United States Capitol Police.
  • Determines such matters as suitability of completed work, adequacy of construction equipment, practicability of construction operations, and reasonableness of schedules and cost estimates.
  • Writes draft correspondence for CO and COTR to send to contractors notifying them of noncompliance and deficiency issues.
  • Consults with on-site and off-site architect/engineer personnel in the resolution of design conflicts or feasibility of construction changes proposed by contractors.
  • Conducts labor interviews for compliance with Davis Bacon Act and other applicable labor regulations and standards.
  • Reviews and analyzes plans and specifications, drawings, designs, site conditions, and proposed construction schedules to determine and recommend action necessary to correct deficiencies through modification of contract.
  • Participates in negotiation of contract modifications.

Safety Assurance
  • Utilizes a thorough knowledge of and compliance with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner and to initiate or take corrective action on unsafe conditions in managed areas.
  • Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all workers know how to use required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • 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.



You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

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 must demonstrate the following:
  • Assisting the Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) on assigned construction and consultant contracts.
  • Working with Project Managers and Construction Managers monitoring construction contracts for compliance with contract documents and providing proactive oversight to identify and mitigate risks.
  • Recommending improvements in design and efficiency, reducing changes to the contract, and enhancing operations.
  • 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, genetic information, sexual orientation 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 on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - Selectee(s) 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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:
  • Practical knowledge of engineering methods and techniques.
  • Ability to monitor construction contracts for compliance with contract documents.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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