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Employees asked to watch for Franked Mail

An example of Franked Mail
Franked Mail has a member of Congress’s signature in the upper right corner of an envelope instead of a postage stamp.

The Postal Service is reminding 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 the Postal Bulletin’s May 24 edition shows examples of Franked Mail and explains the importance of properly identifying these mailpieces during processing.

The article also notes the difference between Franked Mail and Political Mail, which refers to mailings from political candidates, parties or other organizations.

Additionally, the report covers the congressional rules that bar members from sending mailings with 500 pieces or more during the designated “franking blackout” period, which begins 90 days before each general election.

USPS will distribute additional information to employees throughout the 2018 election season.

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