Bob Goodlatte replies about email verification

Dear Mr. Gavaler:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the email verification process found on the contact page of my website. I am sorry to hear that you found this process complicated.

Following an October 2016 directive from the Information Systems Security Office, U.S. House of Representatives’ websites are required to “implement a CAPTCHA or similar device to help prevent false en masse subscriptions from being submitted by a non-human agent.” These measures, such as the “I’m not a robot” checkbox, are to appear on web forms, like the contact page, in order to meet security setting standards. Occasionally, in addition to the “I’m not a robot” checkbox, visitors will be chosen at random to complete additional verification processes.

The goal of these measures is not to impede communications from constituents, but to ensure that the system is secure and “robots” are not able to access the system. I appreciate hearing from all Sixth District constituents, and thank you for your comments.


Bob Goodlatte
Member of Congress


Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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