Office of Government Services

"The Office of Government Services is recognized for its capabilities in developing large, online financial systems for the government."
— Employment advertisement

Platforms vary from mainframes to PCs
COBOL, C, CASE tools, fourth generation languages
Professional services Large shop


Price Waterhouse is an international public accounting and consulting firm that provides a range of professional services to a diverse private and public sector client base. Almost 10 percent of their information technology business is with the public sector. The Washington, D.C., Office of Government Services (OGS) provides information technology consulting services to a predominantly civilian federal government client base, as well as to state, local, and international governments.

Founded in 1890, Price Waterhouse's corporate headquarters is in New York City. The company has 12,000 employees, with 1,000 in the Washington, D.C. area.



OGS has 200 computer professionals, who work on a wide range of hardware platforms ranging from IBM mainframes to open systems. Software may include COBOL, C, and a range of fourth-generation languages, Computer-aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools, and database management systems. Internally, OGS has 80386- and 80486-based PCs and Apple Macintoshes. Programming is in C and Pascal. Additional software used includes ORACLE, Paradox, SAS, IEF, IEW, dBase, and Lotus Notes. Methodologies used include IEW and IEF. Job titles include Staff Consultant, Senior Consultant, Manager, Senior Manager, and Partner. Ninety percent of their work is new development. Using information engineering techniques, Price Waterhouse consultants are implementing a financial and administrative management system for a large international organization. The open system is based on 386 workstations attached to HP9000/8000 computers using Sybase under UNIX. Applications are being developed in an X-Windows, Motif, C, and C++ software environment.


Consultants work at client sites in the Washington, D.C., area and across the country. At the main office, consultants work in cubicles or in shared or private offices. The environment is nonsmoking. Consultants may have to travel up to 75 percent of the time and work an average of 4 to 6 hours a week of overtime. The firm requires all staff members to participate in 20 hours of training each year. Price Waterhouse offers competitive compensation and career advancement opportunities.

Price Waterhouse observes 10 holidays and offers 22 days of vacation. The company pays approximately 70 percent of the cost of medical and dental insurance; employees pay the balance on a pretax basis. The company offers disability and life insurance and has a retirement plan. Employees may participate in a 401(k) plan after 1 year of employment.


Price Waterhouse looks for candidates with a B.S. degree, strong technical and functional skills (particularly those related to accounting and financial systems development), and strong presentation and communication skills. The average consultant has 3 to 6 years of experience and a B.S. or B.A. degree. Price Waterhouse does hire entry-level computer professionals with B.S. degrees in technical disciplines.

Consultants are generally found through advertisements, job fairs, and employee referrals.


A letter with a resume is preferred.

Ms. Caryn Perrelli, Human Resources Director
Mr. Mark Mathae, Recruiting Manager

(202) 296-0800

Price Waterhouse, Office of Government Services

1801 K Street, N.W., Suite 900

Washington, D.C. 20006

Copyright 1993. Vandamere Press. Covin’s Washington Area Computer Job Guide