Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

CUI Category: International Agreement Information

Banner Marking: CUI//SP-INTL

Category Description:

Information provided by, otherwise made available by, or produced in cooperation with, a foreign government or international organization that requires protection pursuant to an existing treaty, agreement, bilateral exchange or other obligation under the requirements stipulated in 10 USC 130c(b), when not subject to classification under Executive Order 13526. Title 10 USC 130c(b) may exempt this class of foreign government information from the safeguard provisions otherwise required by Executive Order 13526. Per Title 10 USC 130c(h) the following national security officials are the only ones defined by statute as able to determine such information requires control: (A) The Secretary of Defense, with respect to information of concern to the Department of Defense. (B) The Secretary of Homeland Security, with respect to information of concern to the Coast Guard, as determined by the Secretary, but only while the Coast Guard is not operating as a service in the Navy. (C) The Secretary of Energy, with respect to information concerning the national security programs of the Department of Energy, as determined by the Secretary.

Category Marking: INTL
Banner Format and Marking Notes:

Banner Format:

CUI//Category Marking//Limited Dissemination Control


Marking Notes:

  • The CUI Control Marking may consist of either the word “CONTROLLED” or the acronym “CUI”, depending on agency policy.
  • Category marking is optional when marking Basic CUI unless required by agency policy. Example: CUI//Limited Dissemination Control.
  • Category Marking preceded by "SP-" is required when marking Specified CUI. Example: CUI//SP-Category Marking//Limited Dissemination Control
  • Whether CUI is Basic or Specified is determined by the applicable Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority for a given instance of CUI.
  • Separate multiple Category Markings by a single forward slash (/) and list Category Markings alphabetically. Example: CUI//Category Marking A/Category Marking B//Limited Dissemination Control
  • Category Markings for Specified CUI precede Category Markings for Basic CUI. Example: CUI//SP-Category Marking/Category Marking//Limited Dissemination Control
  • Separate multiple Limited Dissemination Controls by a single forward slash (/). Example: CUI//Category Marking//Limited Dissemination Control/Limited Dissemination Control
  • Reference 32 CFR 2002.20, CUI Marking Handbook, Limited Dissemination Controls and individual agency policy for additional and specific marking guidelines




Notes for Safeguarding, Dissemination and Sanction Authorities:

  • CUI Specified authorities include specific handling practices that differ from general CUI requirements. For Specified authorities, reference individual Safeguarding/Dissemination control citations for distinct requirements
  • Whether CUI is Basic or Specified is determined by the applicable Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority for that CUI.
  • Each "Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority" citation links to the statute, regulation or government-wide policy authorizing the control of that information as CUI.
  • Each "Sanctions" authority links to the statute, regulation or government-wide policy that includes penalties for CUI misuse of CUI for the associated "Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority" on the same line.
Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority Basic or
Banner Marking Sanctions
10 USC 130c Specified CUI//SP-INTL  



Authority links are updated based on regular re-publication of the United States Code and Code of Federal Regulations, and the CUI Registry maintenance schedule.