Friday, June 6, 2008

Controlled Unclassified Information Framework

Rep Jane Harman (D, CA), the Chairwoman of the Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, recently introduced legislation (HR 6193) to standardize the procedures for the classification and handling of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within the Department of Homeland Security.

According to an article at there are probably more than 100 individual types of CUI information circulating through various agencies at DHS. Chemical Vulnerability Information (CVI) almost certainly falls under that description. The bill seeks to implement a framework that would govern all of these classifications to allow for appropriate dissemination of critical information..

Chairwoman Harman intends to hold the first hearing on this legislation next week, probably Wednesday. The first mark-up is supposed to follow shortly thereafter. Apparently she intends for this legislation to move faster than her earlier bill to reduce over classification of information at DHS (HR 4806) which has yet to have its first hearing before her sub-committee.

The Government Printing Office does not yet (as of 11:00 a.m. EDT) have a copy of this legislation posted on their web site. I will

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