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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the agency that runs the federal civil service, also administers the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), the largest group insurance program in the world. But on Christmas Eve 2009, the United States Senate passed a mammoth health care bill (H.R. 3950) that would dramatically change OPM’s role. No longer an umpire in the annual competition among private health plans vying for federal workers’ business, OPM would become the official sponsor of at least two national health plans that would compete against private health plans in every state in the union. What impact would OPM have on the nation’s health insurance markets? How much authority would OPM have? What special regulatory powers would OPM exercise as the sponsor of the federal government’s select insurance plans? Would the OPM-sponsored plans differ materially from a public option? How would OPM’s new role affect its responsibilities to administer the civil service and the FEHBP? Would OPM have the institutional capacity to take on this new role? How would OPM’s new responsibilities affect federal workers and their families? These and other crucial questions will be addressed by former Directors of the Office of Personnel Management.
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The Honorable Linda Springer
Office of Personnel Management (2005-2008)
The Honorable Donald J. Devine
Office of Personnel Management (1981-1985)
The Honorable Dan G. Blair
Former Acting Director,
Office of Personnel Management (2005)
Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D.