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Archivist of the United States Establishes 'Controlled Unclassified Information Office'

Archivist of the United
States Allen Weinstein announced today the establishment of the "Controlled
Unclassified Information Office" (CUIO) within the National Archives and
Records Administration. Weinstein also announced that William J. Bosanko,
director of the Information Security Oversight Office, will head up this
newly-formed office.

The Office is being created in response to the Memorandum for the Heads
of Departments and Agencies on the Designation and Sharing of Controlled
Unclassified Information (CUI) issued by President Bush on May 9, 2008. The
Presidential memorandum designated the National Archives as responsible for
overseeing and managing the implementation of the CUI framework.

In creating the office, Professor Weinstein said, "I have provided Mr.
Bosanko with a clear roadmap for the National Archives, as the executive
agent and consistent with the President's direction, to ensure that only
information which genuinely requires the protections afforded by the
President's memorandum will be introduced into the CUI Framework."

The Director of the CUI Office will:

1. Develop and issue CUI policy standards and implementation guidance. As
appropriate, establish new safeguarding and dissemination controls, and,
upon a determination that extraordinary circumstances warrant the use of
additional CUI markings, authorize the use of such additional markings;
2. Establish, approve, and maintain safeguarding standards and dissemination
instructions, including "Specified Dissemination" requirements
proposed by the heads of departments and agencies;
3. Publish the CUI safeguarding and dissemination standards in the CUI
4. Establish and chair the CUI Council;
5. Monitor department and agency compliance with CUI policy, standards, and
6. Establish baseline training requirements and develop an ISE-wide CUI
training program to be implemented by departments and agencies;
7. Provide appropriate information regarding the CUI Framework to the
Congress, to State, local, tribal, and private sector entities, and to
foreign partners;
8. Advise the heads of departments and agencies on the resolution by the CUI
Council of complaints and disputes among such departments and agencies
concerning the proper designation or marking of CUI; and
9. Establish, in consultation with affected departments and agencies, a
process that addresses enforcement mechanisms and penalties for improper
handling of CUI.
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