About the Commission
The House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (“Commission”) operates pursuant to the authority set forth in Title 2, Chapter 16 of the U.S. Code. The regulations issued are under that authority and are consistent with the laws governing the use and content of franked mail and communications in Title 39, Chapter 32 of the U.S. Code. These regulations supersede the Regulations on the Use of the Congressional Frank dated July 2017.
Persuant to the new, bipartisan changes to Franking Rules and Procedures approved in January 2020, the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (also known as the Franking Commission) has taken steps to change its name to the House Communications Standards Commission, effective following an upcoming statute change.
The Commission is charged with regulating official office communications, including, but not limited to, postal mail, electronic mail, handouts, text messages (and similar electronic messaging methods), advertisements (including digital, newspaper, radio, and television), robo calls, and other paper-based, telecommunications-based, and digital communications.
Recent Activity and Documents
- Updated Congressional Communications Standards (New Franking Manual)
- Public, online database for Advisory Opinions