Security Containers

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) recently issued a notice requiring federal agencies to purchase GSA Approved containers using National Stock Numbers through GSA Global Supply. Please see ISOO Notice 2014-02 for additional information.

GSA Global Supply provides full-service acquisition management support to help you acquire Approved Security Containers that conform to federal specifications and standards. These containers are for the storage of:

  • Classified documents;
  • Components;
  • Materials;
  • Equipment;
  • Funds;
  • Valuables; and
  • Weapons.

All items under this program are FOB Origin Freight Pre-Pay and Add. This means additional shipping charges will apply for delivery of these items.

All GSA-approved containers must have a GSA approval label, or a GSA recertification label on the front of the equipment in order to store classified National Security Information (NSI) or weapons.

Effective October 1, 2012, classified national security information cannot be stored in non-GSA approved security containers, according to 32 CFR, Part 2001.43(b), “Requirements for physical protection.” Any classified material stored in non-GSA approved security containers should be moved immediately. The National Archives administers an online library of Notices from the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) . These notices are intended for a wide federal audience, to ensure consistency in the protection of classified material.

There are a variety of security containers (Class 5 and 6) available:

The Department of Defense Lock Program is the technical authority on locks, safes and vaults. They operate a technical support phone line and respond to email inquiries.

Explanation of Class 5 and Class 6 Containers.

All of the above security containers meet one of the following relevant specifications:

  • AA-F-358J – Filing Cabinet, Legal and Letter Size, Uninsulated, Security.
  • AA-F-363D – Filing Cabinet, Security, Maps and Plans, General Filing and Storage.
  • AA-C-2859A – Cabinet, Security, Weapons' Storage.
  • AA-D-600D – Door, Vault, Security.

The latest version of each specification can be found in the ASSIST Database, operated by the Defense Logistics Agency, which allows users to enter a document identifier (e.g., AA-F-358) or keywords from the title to locate the text of a relevant specification. Updated specifications can also be found within the DoD Lock Program website.

Please follow the links below for information on the following:

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