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USPS to help employees identify Franked Mail

Franked mail
The mail mix includes Franked Mail from congressional lawmakers and other authorized users.

The Postal Service is bolstering efforts to educate employees about Franked Mail, which is official correspondence sent by members of Congress and other authorized users.

Franked Mail is identified by the member’s facsimile signature — the frank — in the upper right corner of the envelope or label in place of a postage stamp. The frank includes “M.C.” (member of Congress) or “U.S.S.” (U.S. Senate).

An article in this week’s edition of Postal Bulletin shows examples of Franked Mail and emphasizes the importance of properly identifying these mailpieces during processing.

The article also notes the difference between Franked Mail and Political Mail.

Additionally, the report covers the congressional rules that bar members from sending mass mailings during the designated “franking blackout” period, which begins 90 days before each general election.

More information will be disseminated to employees throughout the 2016 election season.

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