Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Symposium by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Please join the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Symposium to learn about the CUI Program, associated implementation efforts, and expected federal impact. The symposium will feature VA CUI subject matter experts, alongside panelists from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the U.S. Department of State (DoS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Address: G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Auditorium (RM 230), 810 Vermont Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20420

Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is information that the Government creates or possesses. CUI requires protection under laws, regulations, or Government-wide policies, and it can correspond to any of the following sources: privacy, health, military, information technology (IT), contract, and personnel data.

Within VA, the Office of Information and Technology’s (OIT) Department of Quality, Privacy, and Risk (QPR) hosts the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Program, a consolidation of best practices that standardize how sensitive information is marked, handled, disseminated, decontrolled, and destroyed across federal agencies.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You must be a US government employee or contractor with a valid government ID to attend the VA CUI Symposium.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send any questions about the VA CUI Symposium to cui@va.gov.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please print your ticket and bring it to the event.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

No, tickets are not transferrable.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

No, the name on your ticket must match the name on your valid government ID to enter the event.

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Comment period extended for Draft NIST Special Publication 800-171A

The public comment period for Draft NIST Special Publication 800-171A, Assessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information, has been extended to January 15, 2018.
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CUI Program update to stakeholders

The next scheduled webinar will be February 15, 2018 (1-3 EDT).  All subscribers to the CUI Blog will receive links and call-in information to access the webinar prior to the event.

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Agency review: Proposed category-subcategory list changes for easier use

In response to agency requests, we are proposing revisions to the CUI Registry’s list of categories and subcategories to make it easier to navigate and understand.  We’ve started with some small organizational changes that we hope will address confusion about the difference between categories and subcategories, clarify a few of the category names, and make it easier to find types of CUI on the Registry listing. These revisions are: Continue reading

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NIST issues update for NIST SP 800-171, Revision 1

NIST announces the release of an errata update for Special Publication 800-171, Revision 1Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations. The errata update includes minor changes to the publication that are either editorial or corrective in nature.

 

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NIST Special Publication 800-171A open for review

Today, NIST announced the release of draft Special Publication 800-171AAssessing Security Requirements for Controlled Unclassified Information. This publication is a companion tool for NIST Special Publication 800-171Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations, and is intended to help organizations develop assessment plans and conduct efficient, effective, and cost- Continue reading

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Questions and answers: Marking

by Mark Riddle

Markings during phased implementation

  1. When can I start using the CUI markings and following the requirements of the CUI Program?

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CUI and re-marking legacy Information

Agencies can waive the requirement to re-mark legacy information with the new CUI markings while the CUI is in their control.  The CUI Program does not require the agencies to re-mark unless reusing and sharing the information with others outside of their agency.  In addition, because the CUI regulation also contains flexibility in handling such things as existing on-line databases with numerous PDF documents, a flash screen may suffice to alert users that a law, Federal regulation, or Government-wide policy requires safeguarding and dissemination controls.

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The CUI Program and budget considerations

Under the FOUO (For Official Use Only) system (and multiple other protection schemes), agencies are already spending money on protecting the same (or even a greater) range of unclassified information as identified in the CUI Registry.  This includes marking, safeguarding measures, and training.  The CUI Program’s requirements were based on the baseline for current protection measures purposely.  In fact, Executive Order Continue reading

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The CUI Registry and agency employees

Employees that handle CUI in the course of doing agency business are not expected to go directly to and interpret the laws, Federal regulations, and Government-wide policies to determine what unclassified information is controlled, nor will they be responsible for interpreting those authorities and assessing what requirements apply to a given document in their hands or on their systems.  They will be going to their agency information management policies, on which they are trained.  This is what takes place now and will continue in the future.  However, with the advent of the CUI Program and oversight functions, agency policies will be reviewed periodically to ensure they are in line with CUI Program requirements and underlying authorities, and to ensure they are providing sufficient information for employees to carry out both the required protections and permissible sharing.

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