Controlled Unclassified Information: Recommendations for Information Control Reform shines a light on how government withholds unclassified information from the American people and offers recommendations on how to balance the need to protect sensitive materials with the duty to disclose information to the public.
The report walks the reader through some of the aspects of secrecy labeling and explains technical terms such as sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information and controlled unclassified information (CUI). The report also:
- Provides a brief history of secrecy labeling, including the origins of sensitive but unclassified information
- Explores several critiques of information sharing in the secrecy labeling era
- Explains efforts by the George W. Bush administration to streamline the secrecy labeling system through the implementation of a consolidated controlled unclassified information policy
- Offers recommendations to the Obama administration on how to minimize the use of controlled unclassified information labels while still safeguarding sensitive materials