September 24, 2023 1 min read

What is Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)?

CUI is Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). And more specifically, CUI is information that requires safeguarding or dissemination of controls pursuant to and consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and government-wide policies, but is not classified under Executive Order 13526 or the Atomic Energy Act, as amended. Although this type of information is not considered “classified,” it is still sensitive, important and requires protection.  

More specifically, CUI is information the Government creates or possesses, or that an entity creates or possesses for or on behalf of the Government, that a law, regulation, or Government-wide policy requires or permits an agency to handle using safeguarding or dissemination controls. However, CUI does not include classified information.  

Remember, CUI is not a classification. Therefore, information cannot be “classified as CUI;” rather, this type of information isdesignated as CUI. In some cases, CUI designations replace For Official Use Only (FOUO) and Sensitive but Unclassified (SBU) designations and markings. 

Need to Implement a DoD CUI Program? Talk to Arlington

DoD contractors - and other contractors providing services to federal agencies - need to have in place established policies, procedures, and processes regarding CUI that’s resident within their information systems. What federal contractors need is a CUI Program. Arlington can help, as we offer the following CUI services and solutions:

  • CUI Scoping & Gap Assessments
  • CUI Policy Development
  • CUI Identification
  • CUI Contractual Language Review
  • CUI Marking (Digital)
  • CUI Marking (Physical)