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OPM gauging small-business interest in benefits contract

Nov. 29, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By SEAN REILLY   |   Comments

The Office of Personnel Management is sounding out small businesses on their interest in providing printing, distribution and processing services in support of the annual open season for federal benefits.

In a “sources sought notice” posted late last month on FedBizOpps.gov, OPM said the services are needed on behalf of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program, and “other related retirement notices” for active federal workers, retirees and their dependents.

The current $18.1 million contract, which expires at the end of March, is held by Vangent, a part of General Dynamics, an OPM spokeswoman said via email. In the FedBizOpps notice, the agency says it is especially interested in firms that already participate in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. The notice sets a response date of Dec. 6 and stresses that it is not an invitation for bids or request for proposals.

During open season, which falls near the end of every calendar year, new federal employees can sign up for benefits while retirees and current employees can make changes in their health, vision and dental plans, as well as flexible spending accounts.

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