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Federal Employees Health Benefits Acquisition Regulations: Self Plus One and Contract Matrix Update

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Office of Personnel Management.


Final rule.


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is making a technical correction to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Acquisition Regulations (FEHBAR) to add the self plus one enrollment type to carrier advertising instructions. OPM is also updating and amending the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program contract clause matrix.


This rule is effective March 25, 2020.

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Michael W. Kaszynski, Senior Policy Analyst, at

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On April 2, 2019, OPM issued proposed regulations to the FEHBAR (84 FR 12569) to list a self plus one enrollment type in carrier advertising instructions. The proposed rule clarified that carriers are required to list all current enrollment types when advertising their health plans enrollment codes and premium rates to enrollees. This change is a technical correction and does not alter current FEHB family member eligibility guidelines.

Section 706 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 amended chapter 89 of title 5 United States Code by adding a self plus one enrollment type for Federal employees and annuitants under the FEHB Program. The self plus one enrollment type became available during the 2015 Open Season for the 2016 plan year and was codified in a final rule at​documents/​2015/​09/​17/​2015-23348/​federal-employees-health-benefits-program-self-plus-one-enrollment-type. A self plus one enrollment covers the enrollee and one eligible family member, designated by the enrollee. Eligible family members under a self plus one enrollment include a spouse or eligible child as set forth in § 890.302 of title 5 CFR.

This final rule amends the FEHBAR at 48 CFR part 1603 to list a self plus one enrollment type in the advertising instructions. OPM considers this change a technical correction as it does not change the operational requirements of the FEHB Program and does not alter current FEHB family member eligibility guidelines.

This final rule also updates and amends the contract clause matrix to align with current FAR and FEHBAR requirements. OPM publishes applicable contract clauses and clause headings in the FEHBAR. Annually, OPM determines which Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and FEHBAR contract clauses are applicable to FEHB carrier contracts and includes them in these contracts.

The proposed regulation provided notice to interested stakeholders that OPM is updating the FEHBAR contract clause matrix at 48 CFR 1652.370. This final regulation updates the contract clause matrix to align with current FAR and FEHBAR requirements and include clauses currently incorporated in all Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program carrier contracts.

Response to Comments

The 30-day comment period for the proposed rule ended on May 2, 2019. OPM received comments from a citizen and an association of FEHB health organizations. The citizen commenter, who supports the regulatory change, asserted that is important that federal Start Printed Page 16908workers have a clear ability to see self and self plus one codes.

OPM also received comments from an association of health organizations. The association expressed support for OPM's update to the FEHBAR matrix and suggested a few technical corrections. The commenter stated that the title at FAR 52.204-7 should read “Award Management.” This change has been incorporated into this final rule.

The commenter also proposed a change at FAR 52.203-19 (Prohibition on Requiring Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements or Statements) to apply this clause to only community rated carrier contracts. FAR 3.909-3(b)(1) directs us to include the clause at 52.203-19, Prohibition on Requiring Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements or Statements, in all solicitations and resultant contracts, other than personal services contracts with individuals. Therefore, no change has been made to the final rule based on this comment.

The commenter stated that FAR Clause 52.204-9, captioned “Personnel Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel” applies to experience rated carrier contracts based on their use of OPM's letter of credit system but suggested that the clause does not apply to community rated carriers. OPM agrees with this comment. Accordingly, the “T” has been removed from community rated carrier contracts column of the matrix for this clause.

The commenter recommended that we adopt FAR 52.204-23 (Prohibition on Contracting for Hardware, Software, and Services Developed or Provided by Kaspersky Lab and Other Covered Entities) for both community rated and experience rated carrier contracts. We agree that this is an appropriate change, so we have added the clause to the matrix for both experience rated and community rated carrier contracts.

The commenter also proposed that we update the FEHBAR Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) threshold. The FEHBAR contract clauses that reference the TINA dollar threshold state that the threshold shall be adjusted by the same amount and at the same time as any change to the threshold for application of the Truth in Negotiations Act pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 254b(a)(7). Therefore, the clauses are self-updating and there is no need to further update the FEHBAR.

Regulatory Impact Analysis

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distribute impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 also emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This rule is not a significant regulatory action under E.O. 12866.

Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

This final rule is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action because is not significant under E.O. 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Office of Personnel Management certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.


We have examined this rule in accordance with Executive Order 13132, Federalism, and have determined that this rule will not have any negative impact on the rights, roles and responsibilities of state, local, or tribal governments.

Civil Justice Reform

This regulation meets the applicable standard set forth in Executive Order 12988.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

This rule will not result in the expenditure by state, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any year and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

Congressional Review Act

This action pertains to agency management, personnel, and organization and does not substantially affect the rights or obligations of no agency parties and, accordingly, is not a “rule” as that term is used by the Congressional Review Act (Subtitle E of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA). Therefore, the reporting requirement of 5 U.S.C. 801 does not apply.

Paperwork Reduction Act

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (PRA), unless that collection of information displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number. This rule involves an OMB approved collection of information subject to the PRA—OMB No. 3206-0160, Health Benefits Election Form. The public reporting burden for this collection is estimated to average 30 minutes per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. The total burden hour estimate for this form is 9,000 hours. The systems of record notice for this collection is: OPM/Central 1 Civil Service Retirement and Insurance Records, available at​information-management/​privacy-policy/​sorn/​opm-sorn-central-1-civil-service-retirement-and-insurance-records.pdf.

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List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 1603 and 1652

  • Government employees
  • Government procurement
  • Health insurance
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Office of Personnel Management.

Alexys Stanley,

Regulatory Affairs Analyst.

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Accordingly, OPM amends title 48, Code of Federal Regulations, parts 1603 and 1652, as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 1603 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 8913; 40 U.S.C. 486(c); 48 CFR 1.301.

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2. In § 1603.7002, paragraph (e) is revised to read as follows:

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Additional guidelines.
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(e)(1) Not give instructions on enrollment. Statements on enrollment procedures, requirements, or eligibility shall be limited to those such as: To sign up, fill out a Health Benefits Election Form (Standard Form 2809) from your personnel office indicating the enrollment you want or use your agency's electronic enrollment system.

(2) The enrollment codes for (plan's name) are:

(i) Self Only __ Enrollment Code __

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(iii) Self and Family __ Enrollment Code __

(3) The form must then be returned to your personnel office before the (date) deadline. Your (plan's name) coverage will begin the first pay period in January, (year). If you are a retired Federal employee and need forms, contact the Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street NW, Attn: Retirement Benefits Branch, Washington, DC 20415 or visit​forms.

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3. The authority citation for part 1652 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 8913; 40 U.S.C. 486(c); 48 CFR 1.301.

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4. Section 1652.370 is revised to read as follows

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Use of the matrix.

(a) The matrix in this section lists the FAR and FEHBAR clauses to be used with contracts based on cost analysis and contracts based on a combination of cost and price analysis. Carriers shall submit initial applications and requests for renewals on the basis that the new contract or contract renewal will include the clauses indicated.

(b) Certain contract clauses are mandatory for FEHBP contracts. Other clauses are to be used only when made applicable by pertinent sections of the FAR or FEHBAR. An “M” in the “Use Status” column indicates that the clause is mandatory. An “A” indicates that the clause is to be used only when the applicable conditions are met.

(c) Clauses are incorporated in the contract either in full text or by reference. If the full text is to be used, the matrix indicates a “T”. If the clause is incorporated by reference, the matrix indicates an “R”.

FEHBP Clause Matrix

ClauseTitleUse statusUse with experience rated contractsUse with community rated contracts
FAR 52.202-1DefinitionsMTT
FAR 52.203-3GratuitiesMTT
FAR 52.203-5Covenant Against Contingent FeesMTT
FAR 52.203-7Anti-Kickback ProceduresMTT
FAR 52.203-12Limitation on Payments to Influence Certain Federal TransactionsMTT
FAR 52.203-13Contractor Code of Business Ethics and ConductMTT
FAR 52.203-17Contractor Employee Whistleblower Rights and Requirement to Inform Employees of Whistleblower RightsMTT
FAR 52.203-19Prohibition Requiring Internal Confidentiality Agreements or StatementsMTT
FAR 52.204-7System For Award ManagementMTT
FAR 52.204-9Personnel Identity Verification of Contractor PersonnelMT
FAR 52.204-21Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information SystemsMTT
FAR 52.204-23Prohibition on Contracting for Hardware, Software, and Services Developed or Provided by Kaspersky Lab and Other Covered EntitiesMTT
FAR 52.209-9Updates of Publicly Available Information Regarding Responsibility MattersMT
1652.203-70Misleading, Deceptive, or Unfair AdvertisingMTT
1652.204-70Contractor Records RetentionMTT
1652.204-71Coordination of BenefitsMTT
1652.204-72Filing Health Benefit Claims/Court Review of Disputed ClaimsMTT
1652.204-73Taxpayer Identification NumberMTT
1652.204-74Large Provider AgreementsMT
FAR 52.209-6Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting With Contractors Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for DebarmentMTT
FAR 52.215-2Audit & Records—NegotiationMTT
FAR 52.215-10Price Reduction for Defective Cost or Pricing DataMT
FAR 52.215-12Subcontractor Certified Cost or Pricing DataMT
FAR 52.215-15Pension Adjustments and Asset ReversionsMT
FAR 52.215-18Reversion or Adjustment of Plans for Postretirement Benefits (PRB) Other Than PensionsMT
1652.215-70Rate Reduction for Defective Pricing or Defective Cost or Pricing DataMTT
1652.215-71Investment IncomeMT
1652.216-70Accounting and Price AdjustmentMT
1652.216-71Accounting and Allowable CostMT
FAR 52.219-8Utilization of Small Business ConcernsMTT
FAR 52.222-1Notice to the Government of Labor DisputesMTT
FAR 52.222-3Convict LaborMTT
FAR 52.222-4Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act—Overtime CompensationMTT
FAR 52.222-21Prohibition of Segregated FacilitiesMTT
FAR 52.222-26Equal OpportunityMTT
FAR 52.222-29Notification of Visa DenialATT
FAR 52.222-35Equal Opportunity for VeteransMTT
FAR 52.222-36Equal Opportunity for Workers With DisabilitiesMTT
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FAR 52.222-37Employment Reports on VeteransMTT
FAR 52.222-50Combating Trafficking in PersonsMTT
FAR 52.222.54Employment Eligibility VerificationMTT
1652.222-70Notice of Significant EventsMTT
FAR 52.223-6Drug-Free WorkplaceATT
FAR 52.223-18Encouraging Contractor Policies to Ban Text Messaging While DrivingMTT
1652.224-70Confidentiality of RecordsMTT
FAR 52.227-1Authorization and ConsentMTT
FAR 52.227-2Notice and Assistance Regarding Patent and Copyright InfringementMTT
FAR 52.229-4Federal, State and Local Taxes (State and local AdjustmentsMTT
1652.229-70Taxes—Foreign Negotiated Benefits ContractsATT
FAR 52.232-8Discounts for Prompt PaymentMTT
FAR 52.232-17InterestMTT
FAR 52.232-23Assignment of ClaimsATT
FAR 52.232-33Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer—System for Awards ManagementMTT
1652.232-70Payments—Community-Rated ContractsAT
1652.232-71Payments—Experience-Rated ContractsAT
1652.232-72Non-Commingling of FEHBP FundsMT
1652.232-73Approval for Assignment of ClaimsMTT
FAR 52.233-1DisputesMTT
FAR 52.233-4Applicable Law for Breach of Contract ClaimMTT
FAR 52.239-1Privacy or Security SafeguardsMTT
FAR 52.242-1Notice of Intent to Disallow CostsMT
FAR 52.242-3Penalties for Unallowable CostsMT
FAR 52.242-13BankruptcyMTT
1652.243-70Changes—Negotiated Benefits ContractsMTT
FAR 52.244-5Competition in SubcontractingMT
FAR 52.244-6Subcontracts for Commercial ItemsMT
1652.245-70Government Property (Negotiated Benefits Contracts)MTT
FAR 52.246-25Limitation of Liability—ServicesMT
1652.246-70FEHB InspectionMTT
FAR 52.247-63Preference for U.S.-Flag Air CarriersMTT
1652.249-70Renewal and Withdrawal of ApprovalMTT
1652.249-71FEHBP Termination for Convenience of the Government—Negotiated Benefits ContractsMTT
1652.249-72FEHBP Termination for Default—Negotiated Benefits ContractsMTT
FAR 52.251-1Government Supply SourcesAT
FAR 52.252-4Alterations in ContractATT
FAR 52.252-6Authorized Deviations in ClausesMTT
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[FR Doc. 2020-06015 Filed 3-24-20; 8:45 am]