Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

CUI Policy and Guidance

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Policy and Guidance

The Controlled Unclassified Information Executive Agent (CUI EA) issues guidance to Executive branch departments and agencies that handle unclassified information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls, pursuant to and consistent with applicable law, regulations, and government-wide policies.

Guidance listed on this page pertains only to Federal agencies and applicable contractors and is binding on agency actions as required by law and similar authority. The guidance does not apply to, and is not meant to bind, the public, except as authorized by law or regulation or as incorporated into a contract.

CUI Executive Order

CUI Implementing Regulation

Agency Reporting

Date Number Title

CUI Memo 2021-10-07

CUI Memo 2021-10-07a

CUI FY21 Annual Reporting Memo

CUI FY21 Annual Reporting Form and Instructions

CUI Notices and Executive Agent Guidance

Date Number Title
10/05/2020 CUI Notice 2020-07 Using Alternate Designation Indicators (ADI) with CUI
10/05/2020 CUI Notice 2020-06 Limited Marking Waiver Best Practices to Alert Users of CUI
08/25/2020 CUI Notice 2020-05 Using Exigent Circumstances Waivers
06/16/2020 CUI Notice 2020-04 Assessing Security Requirements for CUI in Non-Federal Information Systems

CUI Notice 2020-03

CUI Notice 2020-03a

Non-Disclosure Agreement Template for CUI

Attachment for CUI Notice 2020-03

06/03/2020 CUI Notice 2020-02 Alternate Marking Methods
05/14/2020 CUI Notice 2020-01 CUI Program Implementation Deadlines (supersedes CUI Notice -2018-03 dated March 13, 2018, and CUI Notice 2016-01 dated September 14, 2016)
03/30/2020 CUI Memo 2020-03-30 Applying an Exigent Circumstances Waiver to CUI Safeguarding Requirements while Teleworking in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
09/06/2019 CUI Notice 2019-04 Oversight of the CUI Program within Private Sector Entities
07/15/2019 CUI Notice 2019-03 Destroying CUI in Paper Form (supersedes CUI Notice 2017-02 dated August 17, 2017)

CUI Notice 2019-02

CUI Notice 2019-02a

CUI Program Manager Position Description

Attachment for CUI Notice 2019-02

02/22/2019 CUI Notice 2019-01 CUI Coversheet and Media Labels
11/19/2018 CUI Joint Memo 2018-11-19 Decontrolling CUI in response to a FOIA request
11/16/2018 CUI Notice 2018-07 CUI Limited Dissemination Controls
11/16/2018 CUI Notice 2018-06 Establishing, Eliminating or Modifying Categories of CUI
11/16/2018 CUI Notice 2018-04 Provisional Categories (supersedes CUI Office Notice 2013-01 dated May 22, 2013)
10/24/2018 CUI Notice 2018-05 Implementation Guidance when CUI is commingled with CNSI
10/16/2018 CUI Memo 2018-10-16 CUI Senior Agency Official/Program Manager Change Form
08/06/2018 CUI Memo 2018-08-06 CUI FY2018 Annual Reporting Memo, Form and Instructions
03/13/2018 CUI Notice 2018-03 Implementation and Compliance Reporting and Delays (superseded by CUI Notice 2020-01 on May 14, 2020)
01/24/2018 CUI Notice 2018-02 Recommendations for CUI Basic Training
01/24/2018 CUI Notice 2018-01 Guidance for Drafting Agreements with Non-Executive Branch Entities involving CUI
08/17/2017 CUI Memo 2017-08-17 CUI FY17 Annual Reporting Memo, Form and Instructions
08/17/2017 CUI Notice 2017-02 CUI and Multi-Step Destruction Process (superseded by CUI Notice 2019-03 on July 15, 2019)
06/12/2017 CUI Notice 2017-01 Implementation Recommendations for the CUI Program
04/07/2017 CUI Memo 2017-08-17 CUI Implementation Initial Status Report
12/06/2016   CUI Handbook 2016-12-06 Marking CUI Rev 1.1 (Marking Handbook)
09/16/2016   Marking Controlled Unclassified Information (Marking Handbook)
09/14/2016 CUI Notice 2016-01 Implementation Guidance for the CUI Program (superseded by CUI Notice 2020-01 on May 14, 2020)
07/03/2014 CUI Joint Memo 2014-07-03 Revised Guidance regarding CUI and the Freedom of Information Act (supersedes joint issuance dated November 22, 2011)
05/22/2013 CUI Notice 2013-01 Provisional Approval of Proposed CUI Categories and Subcategories (superseded by CUI Notice 2018-04 on November 16, 2018)
04/11/2013 CUI Memo 2013-04-11 Appointments of Senior Agency Official and Program Manager for CUI Program Implementation
07/27/2012 CUI Memo 2012-07-27 Review of Proposed Categories for CUI Registry
11/22/2011 CUI Joint Memo 2011-11-22 CUI and the Freedom of Information Act (superseded on July 3, 2014)
06/09/2011 CUI Notice 2011-01 Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Office Notice 2011-01: Initial Implementation Guidance for Executive Order 13556 (superseded on September 14, 2016 by 32 CFR Part 2002 "Controlled Unclassified Information))

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-11

OMB Circular No. A-11 provides guidance on preparing the Budget and instructions on budget execution. Section 31.15 requires that agency budget estimates should reflect consideration of Executive Order 13556, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), and the policies issued by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 32 CFR part 2002, "Controlled Unclassified Information," with an effective date of November 14, 2016, and CUI Notice 2016-01, "Implementation Guidance for the Controlled Unclassified Information Program," September 14, 2016.

NIST Publications

The following National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publications have been incorporated by reference into the CUI Implementing Directive, 32 CFR Part 2002, and should be consulted for guidance on implementing specific measures to safeguard CUI:

CUI Advisory Council

The CUI EA established the CUI Advisory Council to carry out consultative functions directed by Executive Order 13556.

CUI Advisory Council Charter

CUI Registry Committee Charter

Additional Resources

The CUI EA has developed recommendations to assist departments and agencies in development of their CUI programs and submission of information to the EA.

Compliance Plan Overview for Departments and Agencies

Executive Order 13556 Overview for Departments and Agencies