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Security Classification

Universities understand the importance of protecting potentially sensitive research for various safety and privacy reasons, and from parties that might use such research against our national interests. In some instances, there are other research inputs and products that may require additional security protections.  AAU recommends that security ‘classification’ should be the primary mechanism for restricting access to research results when necessary.



AAU, COGR, EDUCAUSE, APLU, and ACE comment letter in response to NIST Request for Public Comment on SP 800-171B.
Associations are concerned about the the compliance requirements for protecting CUI in non-Federal information systems.
Enclosed please find comments from the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Council on Governmental Relations on the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security Revisions to Definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (RIN 0694-AG32). Our staff is available to provide more information or discuss these matters further should you have any questions regarding our comments.
Comments from AAU, APLU, and the Council on Governmental Relations on the ITAR Amendment – Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage (RIN 1400-AD70), August 3, 2015.
AAU and COGR comment on the National and Archives Records Administration (NARA) proposed rule on Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), RIN 3095-AB80, 2015.
AAU and COGR appreciate NIST’s responsiveness to concerns on the revised draft guidance concerning controlled unclassified information (CUI) outlined in NIST Special Publication 800-171. 
AAU and COGR comment on the NIST Special Publication 800-171.
AAU and COGR respond to the June 29, 2011 Federal Register Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Safeguarding Unclassified DoD information (DFARS Case 2011 D039).
AAU and COGR respond to the April 13, 2011, Federal Register notice requesting comments on proposed policy changes to the definition of “defense services” in ITAR §124.1(a).
Report stating that the Department of Defense (DOD) will not restrict disclosure of DOD-funded basic and applied research results unless the research is classified for national security reasons or otherwise restricted by statute, regulation, or executive order.