Frequently Asked Questions for Security Containers
The questions below answer some of the most commonly asked questions about security containers. Please see the GSA Global Supply FAQ for general information about GSA Global Supply.
The Information Security Oversight Office (ISSO), 2014-02 notice [pdf] directs customers to purchase the Information Processing System (IPS) containers from GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) 71 under Special Item Number (SIN) under SIN 489 190. These items are part-number specific to the manufacturer and not National Stock Numbers (NSNs). These items are not currently available for purchase under GSA Global Supply. See GSA eLibrary for information on MAS 71 SIN 489 190.
In addition, there are other vendors listed on the Federal Specification, Qualified Products List. These vendors do NOT have a Schedule contract. If you purchased the IPS containers through them, it would be an "open market" purchase vs. a "Schedule" buy.
Only GSA authorized inspectors are qualified to inspect and approve a container to be used for the storage of classified materials or weapons. The inspector may place a GSA certification label on the container after determining the equipment has maintained its security integrity.
The cost to recertify a container varies and depends upon the extent of the repairs needed.
To retain an authorized inspector contact MBA or Lockmasters at:
*MBA & Lockmasters are re-training organizations that provide the training for GSA Certified Inspectors. As part of that program, they maintain lists of the Certified Inspectors located all over the world.
For additional information, please visit the NAVFAC Department of Defense Lock Program site.
No. Only Government Agencies can purchase the containers and vault doors through the GSA procurement channel. See "Purchasing Guide" page for information on how to order if you are a Government contractor, No. Only Government Agencies can purchase the containers and vault doors through the GSA procurement channel. In order to receive authorization to provide GSA Approved equipment outside of the GSA procurement channel, please follow the steps outlined in the Non-Government Ordering Process for Security Equipment [PDF - 60 KB].
- Determine whether the material to be stored in the container is classified or arms, ammunition, and explosives (AA&E). See the Storage Matrix tool on the DoD Lock Program Website.
- Figure out how much material there is so the size of the container can be selected (e.g. single-drawer, 2-drawer, 4-drawer, or 5-drawer).
- Decide how many locks are needed on the container—one per container or one per drawer.
- Finally, view the Class 5 & 6 Security Container catalog.
Once you've determined which NSN you want to order, you can obtain your official GSA price quote by going to GSA Advantage! or GSA Global Supply.
No. All GSA Approved containers are designed, tested and approved to Federal Specifications. Any modifications of the containers from the approved design invalidates the approval. The limitations on modifications for GSA Approved equipment are found in Federal Standard, FED-STD-809 [pdf]. Para 4.2 Repair states, "GSA approved containers and vault doors that have been opened or repaired in a manner other than as described herein are not considered to have been restored to their original state of security integrity".
The “Test Certification” label on the inside of the locking drawer or door, and the “General Services Administration Approved Security Container/Vault Door” label on the outside of the container/door will be removed." Therefore; the only approved modifications allowable are the repairs to neutralization or replacement of parts such as drawer slides and handles are allowable.
All FMS orders for containers which require mechanical locks will continue to use the S&G 2937 in accordance with Federal Specification FF-L-2937 [pdf] as there is no limited use requirement. This includes Field Safes, Weapons Containers, and Armory Vault Doors.