Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

NOTE: Information provided on CUI does not imply a new marking of unclassified information, but is being used to define CUI program initiatives. No Command or organization can or should be applying any new markings outside current marking guidance until further detailed implementing guidance from the Executive Agent and/DoD.

CUI is unclassified information that meets the standards for safeguarding and dissemination controls pursuant to statute, and government-wide policies under EO 13556.  Previously, similar information may have been referred to as Sensitive But Unclassified ("SBU") throughout the executive branch and some of this information may meet the requirements to become CUI.  Controlled unclassified information (CUI) includes, but is not limited to, “For Official Use Only” information; “Sensitive But Unclassified” (formerly “Limited Official Use”) information; “DEA Sensitive Information”; DoD Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information”; “Sensitive Information”, as defined in the Computer Security Act of 1987; and information contained in technical documents.

On November 4, 2010, the President signed Executive Order 13556 "Controlled Unclassified Information", which establishes a program for managing CUI. Its purpose is to address the current inefficient and confusing patchwork that leads to inconsistent marking and safeguarding as well as restrictive dissemination policies, which are often hidden from public view across DoD agencies.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been designated the Executive Agency (EA) and has the authority and responsibility to oversee and manage the implementation of the CUI program. NARA shall issue policy directives and publish a report on the status of agency implementation of the order to the President. Until such, agencies will continue to follow current policy and regulations as it relates to categories of CUI.

More information on CUI can be found by following the ISOO link under the “links” tab

DISCLAIMER: The appearance of non-government information does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army.
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