May 9, 2021

New Video From NARA: Overview of Controlled Unclassified Information Program

About two weeks ago (July 30, 2014) NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) held a webinar with an update about the Controlled Unclassified Information program.

Dr. Patrick Viscuso, Associate Director of the Information Security Oversight Office, NARA, spoke for about one hour.

Today, NARA made a video recording of the update available online and it’s embedded below.

The presentation runs about one hour. Here’s a summary provided by NARA:

Executive Order 13556, “Controlled Unclassified Information,” November 4, 2010 (the Order) established the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Program to standardize the way the Executive branch handles unclassified information that requires protection. There are currently over 100 different ways of characterizing this type of information, and this lack of clarity has resulted in inconsistent markings, inadequate safeguarding, and needless restrictions.

CUI reform is designed to address these deficiencies, both by standardizing procedures and by providing a common definition through the CUI Registry, which identifies the categories and subcategories of unclassified information that require safeguarding and dissemination controls consistent with law, Federal regulation, and Government-wide policies. The reform emphasizes openness, transparency, and uniformity of Government-wide practices. The Information Security Oversight Office manages the CUI Program and fulfills Executive Agent responsibilities designated by the Order to NARA.

See Also: Controlled Unclassified Information Web Page (via NARA), Category List, and What is CUI FAQ (4 pages; PDF; 2011)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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