Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

CUI Registry: Limited Dissemination Controls

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General Dissemination Principles

  • Access to CUI should be encouraged and permitted to the extent that access or dissemination:
    • Abides by the laws, regulations, or Government-wide policies that established the information as CUI;
    • Furthers a lawful government purpose;
    • Is not restricted by an authorized limited dissemination control established by the CUI Executive Agent; and
    • Is not otherwise prohibited by law.
  • Agencies may place limits on disseminating CUI beyond for a lawful government purpose only through the use of the limited dissemination controls listed below, or through methods authorized by a CUI Specified authority.
  • Each agency's CUI policy governs specific criteria for when, and by whom, it will allow for the application of limited dissemination controls and control markings, and ensure that policy aligns with 32 CFR Part 2002.
  • Only the designating agency may apply limited dissemination controls to CUI. An agency may apply limited dissemination control markings when it designates information as CUI and may approve later requests by authorized holders to apply them. Authorized holders may apply limited dissemination control markings only with the approval of the designating agency, and must follow all such markings on CUI.
  • Designating agencies may combine limited dissemination controls to accommodate necessary practices.
  • Using limited dissemination controls to unnecessarily restrict access to CUI is contrary to the goals of the CUI program.
  • Reference 32 CFR 2002.16 for full discussion of limited dissemination guidelines.

 

Limited Dissemination Control

Description

Marking

Portion Marking

No foreign dissemination

Information may not be disseminated in any form to foreign governments, foreign nationals, foreign or international organizations, or non-US citizens.

NOFORN

NF

Federal Employees Only

Dissemination authorized only to (1) employees of United States Government Executive branch departments and agencies (as agency is defined in 5 U.S.C. 105), or (2) armed forces personnel of the United States or Active Guard and Reserve (as defined in 10 USC 101).

FED ONLY

FED ONLY

Federal Employees and Contractors Only

Dissemination authorized only to (1) employees of United States Government Executive branch departments and agencies (as agency is defined in 5 U.S.C. 105), (2) armed forces personnel of the United States or Active Guard and Reserve (as defined in 10 USC 101), or (3) individuals or employers who enter into a contract with the United States (any department or agency) to perform a specific job, supply labor and materials, or for the sale of products and services, so long as dissemination is in furtherance of that contractual purpose.

FEDCON

FEDCON

No dissemination to Contractors

No dissemination authorized to individuals or employers who enter into a contract with the United States (any department or agency) to perform a specific job, supply labor and materials, or for the sale of products and services. Note: This dissemination control is intended for use when dissemination is not permitted to federal contractors, but permits dissemination to State, local, or tribal employees.

NOCON

NOCON

 

Dissemination List Controlled

Dissemination authorized only to those individuals, organizations, or entities included on an accompanying dissemination list. Note: Use of this limited dissemination control supersedes other limited dissemination controls, but cannot supersede dissemination stipulated in federal law, regulation, or Government-wide policy. 

 

DL ONLY 

DL ONLY

 

Authorized for release to certain nationals only

Information has been predetermined by the designating agency to be releasable or has been released only to the foreign country(ies)/international organization(s) indicated, through established foreign disclosure procedures and channels. It is NOFORN to all foreign country(ies)/international organization(s) not indicated in the REL TO marking. Note: See list of approved country codes for use with REL TO here. USA must always appear first when using REL TO followed by additional permitted trigraph country codes in alphabetical order.

REL TO [USA, LIST] - see list

REL TO [USA, LIST] - see list

 

DISPLAY ONLY

Information is authorized for disclosure to a foreign recipient, but without providing the foreign recipient with a physical copy for retention, regardless of medium to the foreign country(ies)/international organization(s) indicated, through established foreign disclosure procedures and channels.

DISPLAY ONLY

DISPLAY ONLY

 

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