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

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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.

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Duties for this position include:

  • Serves as Project Manager (PM) for smaller non-controversial projects or assists Senior Project Managers with larger more complex projects.

  • As the PM or in coordination with a senior PM, be responsible for the overall management, control, coordination and execution of assigned projects.

  • Will be involved or as the project team leader, implementing corporate decisions, guidance, laws, regulations, and policy in the development of the project and intermediate products in support of the project.

  • Negotiates and integrates all organizational functions (i.e., planning, design, cost engineering, construction, real estate, contracting, etc.), sponsor/customer needs and other agencies commitments in support of assigned project into a comprehensive management plan. Within this plan, integrates Executive/Congressional schedules and criteria and establishes project scope and criteria, schedules and milestones, budgets, dependencies and responsibilities of the participating parties, assumptions and risks, contingencies, and performance measurement criteria.

  • Responsible for obtaining and maintaining the agency commitment to the management plan.

  • Develops and promotes positive working relationships with customer agencies and client personnel, and maintains continuous liaison with building tenants and top management officials to customer agencies and tenants at facilities managed.

  • Works closely with agency personnel, customer agency personnel and contractor in the planning, design, renovation, construction, alteration, operation, maintenance and repair of assign buildings.

  • Performs contract administration, lease management, quality assurance and inspection duties related to assigned facilities.

  • Performs or initiates alterations via lease supplement, modification for services, and other actions pursuant to final contracting officer determinations.

  • Exercises full responsibility and authority for the day to day portions of a designated building or groups of buildings within the agency.

  • Identifies and recommends major repair and alteration projects' needs.

  • Provides accurate budgetary data as it relates to major program activity.

  • Working knowledge and experience with using qualitative and quantitative techniques to analyze and measure the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of programs.

  • Within the scope of the GAO Health and Safety program, conducts facility safety, health, and environmental compliance inspections and monitors compliance with safety, health, and environmental regulations.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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1640 Facility Operations Services

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure statement
  • You may be required to complete a one year probationary period
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.


This position requires at least 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower level, or equivalent to the GS-13 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 a comprehensive range of principles, concepts and practices concerning facility administration sufficient to evaluate, adapt or modify 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

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

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.

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."

All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

  • Demonstrated knowledge of contracting regulations and procedures, cost and price analysis, and the ability to apply this knowledge in developing contract requirements and cost estimates.
  • Ability to recognize and deal with potential problems with scheduling, coordinating projects and priorities simultaneously.
  • Skill in communicating both orally and in writing to resolve problems, negotiate major program changes, and secure management approval for effecting change.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required


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Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

  • Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

  • Veteran Hiring Authority Eligibles: VEOA, VRA, and 30% Disabled Veterans 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: an official statement of service from your command.

  • Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

  • If you are applying under the Schedule A hiring Authority for individuals with disabilities, you must submit proof disability.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will 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.

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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. Learn more about federal benefits.

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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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 441 G St, NW Washington, District of Columbia 20548 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 by reviewing your assessment questionnaire and resume to complete an 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.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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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  • 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: 09/14/2018 to 09/24/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: PT 03

Salary: $93,714 to $149,141 per year

Appointment type: Permanent - Full-Time

Work schedule: Full-Time - Permanent