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USPS helping employees identify Franked Mail

Franked Mail shows a Congress member’s signature — the frank — in the upper right hand corner of the envelope.

The Postal Service reminds employees about the procedures used to handle Franked Mail, which refers to 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).

The Postal Bulletin recently showed examples of Franked Mail and emphasized the importance of properly identifying these mailpieces during processing.

The publication also explained congressional rules that bar members from sending mass mailings during the designated “franking blackout” period, which generally begins 90 days before a state, primary or general election.

The blackout period this year will begin Wednesday, Aug. 10.

USPS will provide more information to employees throughout the 2016 election season.

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