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 MikulskiClinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere 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) TesterGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank GOP defeats Schumer bid to delay tax vote MORE (D-Mont.) and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemocrats turn on Al Franken Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report 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.