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Government Property Inspector/Investigator

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Government Property Inspectors and Investigators Career Video

About This Career

Investigates or inspects government property to ensure compliance with contract agreements and government regulations.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Governance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Prepares correspondence, reports of inspections or investigations, or recommendations for action.
  • Examines records, reports, or other documents to establish facts or detect discrepancies.
  • Inspects government property, such as construction sites or public housing, to ensure compliance with contract specifications or legal requirements.
  • Investigates alleged license or permit violations.
  • Inspects manufactured or processed products to ensure compliance with contract specifications or legal requirements.
  • Collects, identifies, evaluates, or preserves case evidence.
  • Submits samples of products to government laboratories for testing, as required.
  • Inspects government-owned equipment or materials in the possession of private contractors to ensure compliance with contracts or regulations or to prevent misuse.
  • Investigates applications for special licenses or permits.
  • Recommends legal or administrative action to protect government property.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

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  • Rehabilitation Construction Specialist


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