Controlled Unclassified Information - Lawful Government Purpose

Controlled Unclassified Information – Lawful Government Purpose



>>Two employees are enjoying their lunch break. They are discussing their workday when BLAIR’s
new project, which involves a significant amount of CUI, comes up in conversation. ELEONORE is not working on this project, and
does not have a Lawful Government Purpose to access the material. Still, ELEONORE probes: >>You've been looking kind of stressed about your latest project. >>Yeah, well, I just have to spend so much time going thorough all the CUI. >>CUI, Interesting. I've never been on a project that deals with all that much CUI. You know what you should do is send some of it over to me this afternoon. I've got free time and I'm happy to help. And anyway, I’ve always been interested in that project. >>As an employee of an executive branch agency
that stores, handles, or accesses CUI, you may be asked share CUI with a coworker, another
agency, or non-Federal partner at some point. Therefore, you should familiarize yourself
with the principle of “Lawful Government Purpose," or LGP, which is the
standard for sharing and providing access to CUI under the CUI program. Lawful Government Purpose is a
dynamic standard for deciding when to share and when not to share CUI
with other coworkers, executive branch agencies or non-Federal partners
who handle CUI. LGP concerns itself
with the purposes CUI may serve as a resource in achieving the mission
objectives of government operations and projects. CUI should only
be shared when the contents of CUI will help achieve the goals of a
common project or operation. On the other hand, if sharing a CUI resource would obstruct or harm the
government purpose, then the CUI should be withheld. >>You know what, Eleonore, that is a really
nice offer, but you don't have the Lawful Government Purpose to
view the CUI. Anyway, most of the CUI that I'm handling
with is DL ONLY anyway. >>DL ONLY? Dissemination List only. You know, one of the seven limited dissemination controls outlined in the CUI program? >>Huh? >>Limited Dissemination Controls are controls
approved by the CUI Executive Agent that agencies can place on CUI to limit or control who can,
should, or should not access a particular type of CUI. DL ONLY is used to identify the individuals,
organizations, or entities (usually included on a list) who may access the CUI. Here is a complete list of Limited Dissemination
Control Markings, or LDCMs, that are recognized under the CUI Program. >>The CUI Registry lists seven Limited Dissemination
Controls, that can be applied to either CUI Specified or Basic by Authorized Holders. Our agency’s policy provides additional
guidance on how and when to use Limited Dissemination Controls. >>Oh, Ok. I'll go check that out. >>In short, the principle of Lawful Government
Purpose requires that Authorized Holders of CUI refrain
from sharing CUI where sharing is prohibited, restricted, or further subject to Limited
Dissemination Controls. It is also important to remember that Limited
Dissemination Controls applied by Authorized Holders to promote a Lawful Government Purpose,
may further restrict and prohibit the sharing of CUI in certain ways. Further examples of these restrictions include:
NOFORN, No Foreign Dissemination; or FEDONLY, for federal employees only. Finally, Lawful Government Purpose is a dynamic
standard, which requires risk-based decision making, as demonstrated in the scene you just
saw. Authorized Holders must respond to risks and
opportunities as they develop. When sharing CUI will promote the objectives
of a government project or operation, then the CUI should be shared. Do not share CUI when law, Federal regulation,
or Government-wide policy prohibit such sharing. Thank you for taking this time to learn about
Lawful Government Purpose.

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