The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) maintains the Physical Security Design Manual (PDSM) for VA Life-Safety or Mission Critical Protected Facilities. These manuals provide the physical security standards for improving the protection of all applicable VA facilities. Final versions of the manuals were released in January 2015, which supersede the first drafts released in July 2007. Compliance with the new manual is required of all new facilities and retroactively to facilities that have not reached the 35% design phase milestone as of January 2015. 

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