The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is seeking bids for its new voluntary dental and vision benefits program.[@@]
The OPM is looking for insured dental programs, and it is willing to consider both insured and discount-only vision programs.
At this point, the OPM is thinking of offering the 1.8 million eligible federal employees a choice of different dental and vision plans through a voluntary benefits portal.
The agency has published a long request for proposals on a government procurement Web site.
Proposals are due Jan. 17, 2006, and the OPM hopes to award a contract by May 26, 2006.
The OPM has some requests that are similar to the kinds of requests that other large benefits purchasers might make.
The agency is hoping vendors will make some kind of arrangements for employees who live outside the continental
United States, and it is asking vendors to agree to meet a variety of performance standards for communications and service.