Frequently Asked Questions

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About Fedsafes

Are Fedsafes security containers GSA approved?
YES – Fedsafes Class 5, 2 & 4 drawer containers are GSA approved and were included on the U.S. GSA Qualified Product List in April 2010. All GSA containers have approved GSA safe locks & are inspected by a GSA Security Container Inspector.

Fedsafes GSA Approved Security Containers have been rigorously tested by the U.S. DoD Lock Program to meet & exceed all GSA standards and related U.S. Government FedSpecs. Check out some videos of our containers going through the drawer cycle test & a 30′ drop test.

Does Fedsafes have a GSA Security Container Inspector onsite?
Yes – all GSA safes are inspected by O.E.M. trained personnel.

What types of clients does Fedsafes have?
We have clients in the military, federal government, educational institutions & commercial entities. We ship containers anywhere in the world.

How long has Fedsafes been in business?
Fedsafes was established in 2010. The owners have been in the security business for over 30 years. They know GSA containers, which is why they were able to recognize the need for better designed & better priced containers.

About GSA Safes

What is a GSA label?
A security container approved by GSA for storing classified information or other high value “Class 5 rated material” will bear a “General Services Administration Approved Security Container” label affixed (with adhesive) to the front face of the door or drawer.

What are the classes of GSA security containers?
Class 1. The Class 1 security container is insulated for fire protection. The protection provided is:
30 man-minutes against surreptitious entry
10 man-minutes against forced entry
1 hour protection against fire damage to contents
20 man-hours against manipulation of the lock
20 man-hours against radiological attack

Class 2. The Class 2 security container is insulated for fire protection. The protection provided is:
20 man-minutes against surreptitious entry
1 hour protection against fire damage to contents
5 man-minutes against forced entry
20 man-hours against manipulation of the lock
20 man-hours against radiological attack

Class 3. The Class 3 is an uninsulated security container, and the protection provided is:
20 man-minutes against surreptitious entry
20 man-hours against manipulation of the lock
20 man-hours against radiological attack
No forced entry requirement

Class 4. The Class 4 is an uninsulated security container, and the protection provided is:
20 man-minutes against surreptitious entry
5 man-minutes against forced entry
20 man-hours against manipulation of the lock
20 man-hours against radiological attack

Class 5. The Class 5 is an uninsulated security container, and the protection provided is:
20 man-hours against surreptitious entry (increased from 30 man-minutes on containers produced after March 1991)
10 man-minutes against forced entry
20 man-hours against manipulation of the lock
20 man-hours against radiological attack
30 man-minutes against covert entry (added to containers produced after March 1991)

Class 6. The Class 6 is an uninsulated security container, and the protection provided is:
20 man-hours against surreptitious entry (increased from 30 man-minutes on containers produced after March 1991)
No forced entry test requirement
20 man-hours against manipulation of the lock
20 man-hours against radiological attack
30 man-minutes against covert entry (added to containers produced after March 1991)

Defective GSA-Approved Security Filing Cabinets. After initially receiving GSA approval, a number of security containers have been identified that require either the removal of the GSA approval label or must be repaired to eliminate a security hazard.

  1. Art Metal Products Inc. The GSA approval label must be removed from all two and four drawer, Class 5 security filing cabinets made by the Art Metal Products Inc. These containers shall not be used for storage of classified material.
  2. Hamilton Products Group, Inc. Four and five drawer, Class 6 security filing cabinets made by this manufacturer prior to July 1988 are subject to defects. The defects allow the control drawer to be locked while another drawer is open. These cabinets must be checked to ensure the cabinet cannot be locked with other drawers open, without exerting excessive force on the control drawer handle. If it is possible to lock the cabinet with less than 10 foot-pounds of torque, a modification to the cabinet is required. Security officers that determine it is necessary to retrofit a container must contact a local locksmith for repairs. Cabinets that are found to allow the locking but are not repaired shall have the GSA-Approved label removed.

What is the difference between a Black Label and Red Label GSA security container?
GSA Approved Class 5 and Class 6 containers produced after March 1991 and certified under the revised Federal specifications for increased surreptitious, covert, and forced entry protection bear a “GSA Approved” label with the words in red text on a silver color metallic adhesive

Black text “GSA Approved” on a silver metallic adhesive label were issued on safes from 1962 until 1991 meeting previous Federal specifications.  Note that some other manufacturers in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s used the reverse (silver color “GSA Approved” text on a black metallic adhesive label) for their GSA “Black” Labels on the front of the safes they manufactured. “Black label” GSA Approved Security Containers have a unique characteristic;  the “lockbox” that surrounds the safe lock and protects the safe lock only has the front exterior side with inherent drill resistant barrier material which is usually a tungsten carbide matrix.

“Red Label” GSA Approved Security Containers have a unique characteristic;  the “lockbox” that surrounds the safe lock and protects the safe lock has a drill resistant barrier material which is usually a tungsten carbide matrix applied as weld overlay on the exterior surfaces of the top, bottom, sides, and front of a mild carbon steel lock box.

Can I use any safe with a GSA approved safe lock on it to store my classified materials?
If you are storing classified materials & documents you must use a GSA approved security container.

Can I use any safe with a GSA approved safe lock on it to store my classified materials and Class 5 rated items?  Class 5 rated items are:

  • Cash, checks, precious metals, etc.
  • Ammunition, weapons, ordnance, arms room keys.
  • Drugs, controlled substances, pharmaceuticals, chemicals.
  • Classified documents, equipment, electronic devices, information processing systems, materials.
  • Evidence.

If you are storing classified materials & documents or any Class 5 rated items you must use a GSA approved security container.

My GSA container contains top-secret materials; what type of safe lock do I require?
If the contents are classified as secret or top secret then the GSA approved safe must have an approved safe lock such as an X-10™ or S&G 2740B which meets Federal Specification FF-L-2740B.

What colors are Fedsafes containers available in?
All GSA approved containers are available in gray, black or parchment.

Are Fedsafes containers new or refurbished?
Fedsafes Class 5, 2 & 4 drawer safes are all brand new containers, GSA approved & are manufactured in the USA.

I’m locked out of my GSA container; what can I do?
1. Review the Kaba-Mas reference guide for basic information on your X-10™ safe lock. Still locked out…
2. Contact Kaba-Mas Technical Support at 800-950-4744 or contact Fedsafes at 1-888-525-6352. The DoD Lock program also has their own technical support hotline (800) 290-7607, (805) 982-1212, DSN: 551-1212.

How do I change the combination on my X-10™ lock?
You may find the X-10™ quick reference guide useful. If you still require assistance contact Kaba-Mas Technical Support at 800-950-4744 or Fedsafes at 1-888-525-6352.

Lock Differences

X-10 Electromechanical Safe Lock
The X-10 electro mechanical safe lock has a mini electrical generator in the dial ring that converts the dialing motion (turning torque) – energy to an electrical charge which is then stored in the capacitor and powers up the circuit board and the back-lit LCD display allowing the end user to see the safe lock combination numbers as they appear in consecutive numerical order on the screen during the dialing process. No batteries, no hard wiring. X-10 safe lock complies with Federal Specification FF-L-2740B.  National Stock Number (NSN) 5340-01-613-2078.

X-10 combination change “key”(inserted during the combination changing process the two prongs complete a circuit acting as a “jumper”).

S&G 2740B Safe Lock

The S&G 2740B safe lock has digital electronic circuit board capability but has “battery assist” capability, powered by a small battery (the battery has a 1 million cycle life span!) and the dial is the standard painted on numbers at ten point graduations, small 5 point line graduations, and large line graduations for every 5th point on the dial. S&G 2740B safe lock complies with Federal Specification FF-L-2740B.

 

About Shipping

Do you ship to APO’s?
YES – we ship packages, boxes, envelopes, (but not safes on pallets) to APO’s worldwide

Do you ship international?
YES!

My building has no loading dock, what are my options?
We will work with you directly to work out the best approach for your delivery possibly using a liftgate to lower the safe (strapped to a pallet) down from the truck to ground level. If you need to have the container delivered inside your building & upstairs we can usually accommodate for this.

Other

When is payment required?
Payment is required once you approve your proposal. Once we receive your payment (or a purchase order for billing customers) we will ship your safe to you.

Do you accept government purchase cards?
YES

Can you bill us?
YES – if you’re not already set up for billing with us we can send you a credit application.

How can I pay for my safe?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Government purchase cards, cash, checks & also billing.

Can you recommend a locksmith to open my GSA safe?
Federal Lock & Safe is our locksmith of choice in the metro DC area. Outside of the metro DC area we would suggest contacting a Kaba-Mas certified locksmith.