Government Accountability Office Facilities Operations Specialist in District of Columbia, District Of Columbia

  • Duties



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This position is located in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Infrastructure Operations (IO), Facility Management and Services (FMS). FMS plays an integral role in the daily operation and maintenance of the historic GAO Building. Additionally, FMS oversees lease agreements and building services at GAO field offices and manages the Health and Safety Unit. FMS is divided into three branches: Property, Facilities, and Shared Services and Mail.

The position is responsible for helping to monitor and ensure compliance with facility safety, health and environmental regulations, delivering facility services and projects, and conducting facility assessments.

This position is also being announced under the Agency's Merit Promotion procedures for federal employees and non-competitive appointment eligibles. If you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion or Non-Competitive procedures, you MUST apply under the Merit Promotion announcement GAO-17-IO-1640-MP-11. Learn more about this agency


Major duties for this position include:

  • Within the scope of the GAO Health and Safety program, assists in conducting facility safety, health, and environmental compliance inspections and in monitoring compliance with safety, health, and environmental regulations.
  • Provides routine shop-floor monitoring of the technical and functional aspects of real property management and the Commercial Facilities Management (CFM) contract and other agency contracts.
  • Coordinates with senior Facilities Operations Specialists to develop operational reviews, designs, specifications and scopes of work, schematics, project cost estimates, and budget analysis for management review to support FMS programs. Follows assigned projects through to verified commissioning and project turnover to operational status, completion of billing, approval of invoices, and project documentation closure.
  • Works with the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) or inspector on contracts within the scope of the facilities maintenance program. Assists in the development of alternatives for repair and/or replacement of existing systems and designs solutions compatible with budgetary constraints. Works with Senior Facilities Operations Specialists to conduct building surveys and inspections in advance of and during work execution and when work is completed.
  • As directed, assists senior level Facilities Operations Specialists in providing quality assurance and quality control oversight for FMS programs including monitoring of contract execution. Assists in the review of contractor work across the GAO building for technical acceptability.
Travel Required

25% or less - Frequent travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens

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1640 Facility Operations Services

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Completion of a 1-year probationary period may be required.

  • Completion of a satisfactory background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959
  • Selectee must be able to meet/maintain suitability & security requirement

Applicants must meet all qualifications requirement by the closing date of this announcement.


Applicants may qualify for this position on the basis of experience, education, or a combination of the two. If you are attempting to qualify based in whole or in part on education, you must submit a copy of your transcripts.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Education: Bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement, which is based on (1) class standing in the upper one-third of graduating class, or (2) a grade-point average of 3.0 or better out of a possible 4.0, or (3) national honor society membership. OR one year of graduate level education in an accredited college or university. Qualifying majors include engineering, industrial arts, property management, or business administration. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study.


Experience: One year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower level equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as practical experience in applying the principles, concepts, and practices of facility administration sufficient to implement and evaluate procedures and practices concerning property facilities, utility systems, building equipment, plans and grounds. The ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, climb ladders, visually inspect items, be exposed to normal industrial hazards and squeeze into tight spaces is preferred but not required.


Combining Experience & Education: A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized experience as defined above. Computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

NOTE: The specialized experience requirement must be well documented in your resume and/or education requirement must be documented in your transcripts. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration.

Positions in GAO are covered under the agency’s performance based compensation system, which is pay banded. This position is classified as a PT-1640, Band I, which is equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal government.

Additional information

This positoin is excluded from the bargaining unit.

Frequent travel may be required.

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Selectee may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one-year or two-year probationary period.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the qualification requirements stated above, you will be further rated based on your responses to the vacancy questions. Please make sure that your responses to the vacancy questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume." To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

If you are attempting to qualify based on education (in whole or in part), you must submit a copy of your undergraduate or graduate transcripts.

Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For additional information, please visit

Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans’ preference please visit

If you are claiming veterans’ preference you must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification must be an official statement of service from the armed forces command.

Disabled Applicants. If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring authority for individuals with disabilities, you must submit proof of a disability.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply
  1. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. Follow the prompts to begin the application process.

  2. You will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process.

  3. Click on "Submit" to transmit your complete application package to GAO.

Can I send my application package documents to the agency point-of-contact via email or mail? Your application package must be submitted online through Career Connector. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents.

What is a complete application package?

  1. Your resume. This must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder. Resumes created outside USAJOBS (e.g., uploaded resumes) will not be accepted.

  2. The assessment questionnaire.

  3. The documentation listed in the Required Documents section. You only need to submit the documents listed.

When is the application package due?

It must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure all the documents are received and the information is readable. Your application may not be considered if it doesn't meet the criteria. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at (866) 656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

  1. Sign into your USAJOBS account.

  2. If your application package was successfully transmitted, you will see "Received" beside the position title. Keep in mind, this may take a couple hours because your documents undergo a virus scan.

  3. To view your documents or the complete application package received by GAO, select "Application Status." The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.

If you have questions about:

  • The vacancy announcement or the position: The agency contact is listed at the bottom of the announcement.
  • Technical issues with USAJOBS: Please refer to the USAJOBS Help page.
  • Technical issues with Career Connector: Please contact

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Agency contact information
Matthew Myatt








GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE U.S. GAO 441 G Street N.W. Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Next steps

After the closing date of this announcement, GAO's Human Capital Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your rating and/or ranking. Your assessment questionnaire and resume will be used to complete this analysis, so please be as complete and thorough as possible. If your application is rated "best-qualified," your name will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. At this point you may be contacted for an interview.

If you do not meet the key requirements and/or basic qualifications or you fail to submit all required application materials, your application will not be considered and we will notify you in writing.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/15/2017 to 09/25/2017

Salary: $51,316 to $81,677 per year

Pay scale & grade: PT 01

Work schedule: Full-Time - Permanent

Appointment type: Permanent - Full-Time