This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Planning and Project Management. The selectee performs complex analytical work that supports the AOC policies, operational procedures and logistical management of major projects in the AOC.

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The individual selected for this position will perform activities that include but are not limited to system-wide management of oversight reviews by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), information flow within the AOC and responsiveness to Congressional interest on project status as follows:

Project Assessment

  • Assists and coordinates studies and analyses of GAO and OIG audit issues to include: specific AOC policies or programs and internal controls. Actively participates in studies of strategic issues that have high visibility/high impact on AOC procedures and operations.
  • Plans and develops methodology and implementation of analyses to assess program effectiveness and project compliance with requirements.
  • Acquires and reviews technical and management data of logistical factors to assess operational effectiveness and evaluate approaches to problem resolution.
  • Reviews reports, supporting documents and validates the completeness, fairness, and accuracy of studies.
  • Maintains liaison and participates as a key staff member in resolving issues with GAO and OIG.
  • Serves as the assistant senior analytical authority and exercises coordination and review of the planning process to ensure maximum integration of analysis into procedures for designated projects.

Risk Management

  • Responsible for the ongoing assessment of project risks and successful risk response; Monitors status and progress.
  • Recommends best practices in order to deliver projects within specified timeframes, budget and quality requirements.
  • Monitors schedules and analyzes adjustment options.
  • Provides proactive risk abatement plans to allow project managers to optimize results by changing challenges into opportunities.
  • Develops scalable planning methods to prepare for and implement project risk management.
  • Assesses project risk management for conformity to AOC policy and assists project teams implement risk management.

Data Management and Reporting

  • Provides management and program officials with information requested on various project funded operations.
  • Identifies, develops and directs the implementation of strategic plans to respond to congressional oversight committee staff on project issues and initiatives of importance to the AOC.
  • Identifies and collects necessary data including legislative and program data and interviews with senior management, program officials, employees and supervisors
  • Assists project teams respond to GAO/OIG requests for data, information, and documents and draft audit reports to ensure they properly reflect cited criteria, and are accurate, complete, fair, and appropriately balanced.

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 education requirement.



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.

For the GS-14:

Candidates for the GS-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower (GS-13) grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position must demonstrate all of the following:

  • Broad knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles and practices of construction project management.
  • Identifies and analyzes complex issues/problems and leads in the development of strategies to resolve them.
  • Performs qualitative risk analysis to prioritize risks for response and monitoring.
  • Applies methods and techniques of qualitative analysis to assess project cost, schedule and scope objectives.

For the GS-15:

Candidates for the GS-15 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower (GS-14) grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position must demonstrate all of the following:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles and practices of construction project management.
  • Plans, coordinates and/or directs strategic analyses and implementation of methods and techniques for risk mitigation and problem resolution.
  • Directs studies and analysis of organizational policies, operational procedures, resources, and technical performance to ensure overall project/program effectiveness and regulatory compliance.
  • Evaluates project control systems identifying vulnerabilities and recommends corrective actions.


There is no educational requirement for the Miscellaneous Administration and Program series (0301). However, applicants for positions at grades GS-14 and above in the Architect of the Capitol must possess a Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

***A copy of your transcript(s) and/or diploma will be required upon selection.***

Special Instructions for Foreign Education:

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.

You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing if selected.

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 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 http: www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

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:

  • Construction Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Data Management and Reporting
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication

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 not hiring you or disqualification for 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

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

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

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

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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