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Passed House amended (08/10/1992)

Federal Fire Safety Act of 1992 - Amends the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 to prohibit the use of Federal funds to construct, purchase, or renovate a Federal employee office building of six or more stories and having more than 25 full-time employees, or to lease such a building if at least some portion of the federally-leased space is on the sixth floor or above and at least 35,000 square feet of it is federally occupied, unless the building is protected by automatic sprinkler systems or an equivalent level of safety, with specified exceptions.

Prohibits the construction, purchase, lease, or renovation of any other Federal employee office building having more than 25 full-time employees unless during the period of such occupancy the hazardous areas of the building are protected by automatic sprinkler systems or the equivalent level of safety.

Prohibits the use of Federal funds: (1) to construct, purchase, lease, rebuild, or operate Government housing for Federal employees and their dependents unless it is protected by hard-wired smoke detectors and, in the case of multifamily housing, automatic sprinkler systems; (2) for housing assistance for newly constructed property not so protected or for rebuilt multifamily property not in compliance with the Life Safety Code; and (3) any other housing assistance if the unit is not protected by hard-wired or battery-operated smoke detectors.

Directs the Administrator of General Services, in cooperation with the United States Fire Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Defense, to promulgate regulations to further define the term "equivalent level of safety".

Requires: (1) each Federal agency that owns, leases, or operates a federally-funded building or housing unit to invite the local agency or voluntary organization with fire protection responsibility in the jurisdiction of such building or housing unit to prepare, and biennially review, a pre-fire plan for it; and (2) the Administrator of General Services to report triennially to the Congress on fire safety in Federal employee office buildings subject to the requirements of this Act

Requires NIST, using 50 percent non-Federal matching funds, to study and report to the Congress on the use, in combination, of fire detection systems, fire suppression systems, and compartmentation.

Requires the process for meeting space needs in urban areas to continue to give first consideration to a centralized community business area and adjacent areas of similar character to the extent of any Federal requirement.