Government Property Inspector/Investigator  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.
  • Monitors investigations of suspected offenders to ensure that they are conducted in accordance with constitutional requirements.
  • Collects, identifies, evaluates, or preserves case evidence.
  • Inspects manufactured or processed products to ensure compliance with contract specifications or legal requirements.
  • Coordinates with or assist law enforcement agencies in matters of mutual concern.
  • Testifies in court or at administrative proceedings concerning investigation findings.
  • Investigates applications for special licenses or permits, as well as alleged license or permit violations.
  • Recommends legal or administrative action to protect government property.
  • Inspects government-owned equipment or materials in the possession of private contractors to ensure compliance with contracts or regulations or to prevent misuse.

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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 involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • 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

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Materials Inspector -- Performs or assists with conducting tests and investigations of materials and methods used in construction or repairs.
  • Public Works Inspector -- Inspects the methods and materials used in public and private improvement projects for compliance to applicable standards and specifications.
  • Sanitation Inspector -- Performs a variety of technical and field inspection work to monitor compliance with sanitation and recycling rules and regulations.
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