CUI (& CDI) Registry & Markings

What is Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)? 

In 2010, Executive Order 13556 created the Controlled Unclassified Information program in response to nation states' stealing critical information from federal contractors, such as the F35 Fighter Plane plans.

Is there a definitive source that defines Covered Unclassified Information (CUI)? Is this the CUI Registry?

Yes, the National Archives website provides this complete CUI Registry that clarifies and further describes the complete scope of Covered Defense Information.

How is Covered Defense Information (CDI) related to CUI?

Covered Defense Information is CUI information, as described in the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Registry, that is related to a DoD contract. CDI requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with law, regulations, and Government-wide policies, and is:

Marked or otherwise identified in the contract, task order, or delivery order and provided to the contractor by or on behalf of DoD in support of the performance of the contract; or 2) Collected, developed, received, transmitted, used, or stored by or on behalf of the contractor in support of the performance of the contract.

Where can I learn more about CUI Markings?

A CUI Marking guide can be downloaded by clicking on this link.

What is "Operationally Critical Support"?

Operationally Critical Support is defined as "Supplies or services designated by the Government as critical for airlift, sealift, intermodal transportation services, or logistical support that is essential to the mobilization, deployment, or sustainment of the Armed Forces in a contingency operation.” The contract will include notification of when the contractor will provide operationally critical support. The DoD identifies three types of operationally critical support. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Operationally critical support for mobilization, which is addressed under (ii) and (iii).
  • Operationally critical support for distribution includes but is not limited to:
    • Airlift, sealift, aeromedical, and intermodal transportation services and their associated material handling and ground handling labor or stevedore services.
    • U.S. railroad, truck, barge, ferry, and bus services provided by passenger and freight carriers and their associated material handling and ground handling labor services.
    • Third party logistics (3PL) services provided by non‐equipment owned brokers and freight‐forwarders.
    • Transportation Protection Services for arms, ammunition, and explosives (AA&E) and courier materiel.
    • Transportation and packaging of hazardous material.
    • Information technology systems and network providers essential to the command, control operation, and security of contingency transportation mission functions delineated in “a” through “e”.
  • Operationally critical support for sustainment includes but is not limited to:
    • Local acquisition of Liquid Logistics (water, fuel‐all types); Cl l, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables; Local meat/bread products, and bottled gases (e.g., helium, oxygen, acetylene).
    • Supply chain for rare earth metals.
    • Procurement and Product Support for critical weapons systems identified by the requiring activity, such as the F‐22 and F‐35.
    • The prime contractors and subcontractors for critical weapons systems in development and sustainment that are fielded to the AOR.
    • Contractor Logistics (maintenance and supply) Support. Examples include Unmanned Aerial Systems maintenance, (aviation) training command maintenance support, or performance based logistics/performance based arrangements.
    • Depot‐level maintenance for critical items, particularly in Public‐Private Partnerships.
    • Information technology systems and network providers essential to the command, control operation, and security of contingency supply and maintenance mission functions delineated in “a” through “f”.

What is Unclassified Controlled Technical Information (CTI)?

Controlled technical information is defined as technical information with military or space application that is subject to controls on the access, use, reproduction, modification, performance, display, release, disclosure, or dissemination. Controlled technical information would meet the criteria, if disseminated, for distribution statements B through F using the criteria set forth in DoD Instruction 5230.24, Distribution Statements on Technical Documents. The term does not include information that is lawfully publicly available without restrictions.

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