Fedweek

OPM also indicated in the letter (see above two items) that it will submit proposed legislation later this year to carry out reforms it endorsed last fall when it was disclosed that average rates for the 2000 plan year were increasing by nearly 10 percent. OPM wants to achieve economies of scale by contracting directly for selected benefits, although precisely which benefits would be involved and how direct contracting would be carried out are as yet undetermined.