GOP lawmaker asks GAO to review overclassification

Hunter said that he wants the GAO to look at the degree to which material is classified that doesn’t impact national security, whether reducing classification requirements would winnow down the 5 million people who current have security clearances and the degree to which excessive classification harms information sharing.

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The government’s classification system is just one area receiving renewed scrutiny from lawmakers in the wake of the NSA disclosures.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Robert Mueller's forgotten surveillance crime spree Clinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions MORE (D-Md.) last week said she is preparing to call hearings to look at how Snowden was able to access the top-secret data he leaked to The Guardian and The Washington Post.

Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Donald Trump Jr. headlines Montana Republican convention Overnight Defense: Trump orders Pentagon to help house immigrant families | Mattis says 'space force' needs legislation | VA pick gets hearing date MORE (D-Mont.) and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillNail manufacturing exec who voted for Trump blames him for layoffs, asks Democrat for help The American economy is stronger than ever six months after tax cuts The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington MORE (D-Mo.) are holding a joint Senate Homeland Security subcommittee hearing Thursday on agencies' vetting of government employees' and contractors' security clearances.

— This story was updated at 3:27 p.m.