The chairmen of two panels overseeing federal workforce matters have proposed ending OPM’s role in private sector health insurance regulation, saying those responsibilities are distracting the agency “from what should be the OPM’s priorities, such as retirement and security backlogs.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, OPM administers multi-state plans, which were supposed to be available in all states; the plans were intended to foster competition on the health care exchanges under that law.

However, only Arkansas has agreed to offer such an option for 2018 “and it is likely that fewer than 2,000 Arkansans will participate. But the federal government is still funding the program at $10 million per year,” said a statement from Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the House federal workforce subcommittee.

“Congress needs to let the OPM focus on its job,” Johnson said in a statement on introducing S-2221.