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 MikulskiThe Trail 2016: Her big night Clinton to cast election as ‘moment of reckoning’ Sanders gives blessing as Dems nominate Clinton 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 TesterJon TesterSenate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Bayh jumps into Indiana Senate race Six senators call on housing regulator to let Congress finish housing finance reform MORE (D-Mont.) and Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillDems begin ‘treason’ talk against Trump The Republicans' hypocrisy on minimum wage Watchdog faults Energy Department over whistleblower retaliation 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.