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  • GSA/IACSE Letter - Clarification Regarding GSA/IACSE Black Label Phase Out Plan:  This GSA/IACSE letter classifies all GSA Approved Security Containers with a Black GSA Approval Label as a "black label" container, regardless of the date of manufacture, and rescinds approval in accordance with the phase-out plan listed in ISOO Notice 2021-01.
  • Extended deadline for GSA-approved Black Label Vault Door Phase-OutInformation Security Oversight Office (ISOO) issued ISOO Notice 2022-03 dated 18 August 2022, states phase-out of all black label vault doors has been extended until 1 October 2035.  Federal agencies and contractors with black label vault doors must formulate a risk-based, cost effective plan to replace this security equipment within the new allocated time.  The black label cabinet requirements in ISOO Notice 2021-01 remain in effect with a revised timetable for black label vault doors.
  • GSA-approved Black Label Container/Vault Door Phase-Out Notice:  Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) issued ISOO Notice 2021-01 dated 29 June 2021 with the subject of "rescinding approval of pre-1989 GSA-approved containers".  This notice details the phase-out of plan for all GSA-approved security containers and vault doors manufactured prior to 1989 (commonly known as black label containers and vault doors). 
  • GSA Fedsafes, Inc. QPL Status:  Please review this GSA letter dated 20 January 2021 with the subject of "Status of Existing Fedsafes GSA-Approved Security Cabinets".  This letter clarifies the status of the Fedsafes, Inc. GSA-approved class 5 security cabinets manufactured under Federal Specification AA-F-358.  Fedsafes, Inc. was removed from the GSA Qualified Products List (by QPL-AA-F-358-16) on 9 September 2017 due to reoccurring inconsistent test results and failure to adequately resolve the issues during periodic re-evaluations of their class 5 cabinet.  Although Fedsafes was removed from the Qualified Products List as an authorized manufacturer, the original GSA approval of the existing class 5 cabinets has not been revoked.
  • Security Storage Equipment Procurement Procedures:  Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) issued ISOO Notice 2014-02: Procurement of Security Equipment on 4 April 2014.  This notice specifies General Services Administration (GSA) approved security containers (including IPS containers) and vault doors must be procured through GSA Global Supply or GSA Multiple Award Schedule program.  Contact or the DoD Lock Program Hotline at (800) 290-7607 for any questions regarding this notice.
  • Kaba Mas Bulletin #58:  Drive Cam Change, has been issued to address the installation issue where the spindle is cut too short because it is not properly seated in the drive cam.  The drive cam was changed from a four sided slot to 12 spoke hub design to aid in proper seating of the spindle prior to measuring and cutting the spindle.  Click here to view Kaba Mas Bulletin #58.
  • Timeline for Replacement of Modified Shipboard Containers:  The Undersecretary of the Navy released a memo concerning security containers onboard naval ships.  UNSECNAV Memo, MEMORANDUM FOR VICE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS, Subject: Shipboard Containers Used for the Storage of Classified Information, 26 June 2015, discusses the GSA-approved Class 6-S shipboard security container with a priority replacement timeline.  For more information on Class 6-S security containers visit our GSA-approved Shipboard Container page.
  • Guidance on Safeguarding and Storage of Classified National Security InformationDoD Manual 5200.01, DoD Information Security Program has been released in four (4) volumes.  They can be found on our Directives and Guidance page. This document replaces DoD Regulation 5200.1-R.  The DoD Lock Program can provide further guidance on Volume 3, DoD Information Security Program: Protection of Classified Information, concerning safeguarding and storage of classified information.  Major changes to note in Volume 3:
    • GSA-approved security containers shall have an FF-L-2740 lock (page 35, paragraph 2)
    • You shall record the lock combination on the SF 700 form (page 39 paragraph 10)
    • You shall record the lock serial number on the SF 700 form when replacing a lock (page 39 paragraph 7)
    • When disposing of a security container to DLA Disposition Service (formerly DRMO/DRMS) remove the GSA approval label (page 39 paragraph 8.b)
  • Issue #32, of the Security Facts Newsletter is available:  Please visit our Newsletter Index page to see previous publications of the Security Facts Newsletter.  In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, we will send an email notification when the latest edition has been posted on our website.
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