Friday, March 18, 2016


The OPM Director's blog features the government's efforts to improve its employees' eating habits during this National Nutrition Month. Oh, how the FEHBlog wishes that OPM would do a better job coordinating all of the government's wellness efforts with the FEHBP  The article links to a summer 2015 survey of government wellness programs.  84% of federal worksites offer flu shots and yet OPM hammers the FEHBP carriers to provide the vaccines.

On Monday, OPM's acting director indicated that David Vargas would be the acting OPM chief informatin officer. Head fake. Yesterday, Federal News Radio reported that "Lisa Schlosser, the deputy federal chief information officer, is heading over to the Office of Personnel Management to be the acting CIO on a short-term detail."
An email written by OPM Director Beth Cobert, which was obtained by Federal News Radio, said Schlosser also will be a senior adviser as well as acting CIO.
“I worked with Lisa for two years while I was at OMB and can tell you from personal experience that she will bring incredible talent, leadership, and a commitment to public service that will serve this agency well,” Cobert wrote in a note to staff. “I want to thank Dave Vargas for stepping in as acting CIO during this period of transition, and I am glad that he will continue to play a crucial role in OCIO as associate chief information officer. OPM’s CIO team has worked tirelessly and has made significant improvements to our information technology capabilities and security. I applaud their commitment and efforts and look forward to building on our progress in the future. Finally, I am grateful to Lisa for her willingness to continue to serve our nation by joining our talented team on an acting basis. As we work to navigate the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) transition, build on our cybersecurity effort, and find the permanent CIO, Lisa will be a major asset for OPM during her detail with our team.”
OptumRx, a major prescription benefits manager, and Walgreen's Pharmacies announced a deal yesterday under which beginning in 2017 "eligible" OptumRx members will have 'the option to fill 90-day prescriptions at home delivery copay levels at any of Walgreens nearly 8,200 pharmacies nationwide or through OptumRx home delivery. " Good strategic move.

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