Communications Guidelines

The Franking Commission has released updated Communication Standards for Members of Congress to into effect on January 7th, 2020. The new guidelines modernize franking rules by including diital communications, improve accountability through public transparency, expedite the Commission review process, and allow for more seamless interaction with constituents across platforms.

Current statute and guidelines will continue to be applied through January 6th, 2020. You can find current rules here.

Effective January 7th, 2020, the following are new updates to Official House Communications Rules and Procedures:

  • Name Change - The House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (also known as the Franking Commission) has taken steps to change the name to the House Communications Standards Commission
  • Rules - Regulations governing franked mail and other communications content have been consolidated and simplified (found here)
  • Approval Procedures - Requirements for Advisory Opinions have been updated to streamline the approval process
  • Transparency - All Advisory Opinions will be available online for public review on the Clerk of the House’s Public Disclosure website: http://clerk.house.gov/public_disc/franked.aspx

House Communications Standards Commission will be holding several training sesions in the coming weeks to provide additional clarification on how these changes will affect Member offices.

Download the new Communication Standards Manual or view it below: