Introduction to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
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Course 1: Introduction to Controlled Unclassified Information
Why CUI?

Historically, SBU information has been shared using an ad hoc, ungoverned body of policies and practices. Across the federal government, there are a variety of markings and different labeling or handling procedures for SBU information. This has confused both its producers and its users. 

Inconsistencies in SBU policies failed to protect information in a consistent and transparent manner, which greatly increased the likelihood of errors in handling and sharing information. SBU practices impeded the timeliness, accuracy, and flow of information. 

A uniform program for the management of sensitive unclassified information is necessary to standardize how information is handled and shared. This will result in more effective and efficient operations and improve information sharing.

In the graphic on the right, select the corner to peel back the confusion.

d Stack of messy papers strewn in random directions with some text on the papers. Each piece of paper is marked with one of the following markings in bolded black print across the bottom of the page: LOU, FOUO, SBU. The label Agency-centric Approach with SBU Practices is printed across the front. Users can remove the top sheet of paper to reveal a similar stack of papers with the marking LES (Law Enforcement Sensitive), in a different font, across the bottom of each page and the following text: For example: Under the current agency-specific system of marking, the multiple designations for LES can be confusing. At least 4 agencies use this marking, each having its own directive on sharing and handling. When this information is disseminated, the user lacks consistent guidance on proper sharing and protection. Users can remove the second sheet of paper to reveal a single sheet of paper marked “Universal CUI Markings” and the following text: Using standardized CUI markings fosters sharing and protection. These specific markings will have the same meaning wherever used. Information on specific markings can be found in subsequent training. Do not begin using CUI markings until you are instructed to do so.
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