This morning OPM issued a proposed rule together with a Fact SheetQs & As and a Benefit Administration Letter which “details how Members of Congress and Congressional Staff will be insured through the Health Insurance Exchanges” in 2014. OPM will continue to make a pre-tax government contribution toward exchange coverage based on FEHBA, rules and affected individuals can carry their exchange coverage over into retirement with the government contribution. OPM will allowed Congressional offices flexibility in designating personal (or official) staff members subject to this requirement.

In a related development, Sen. Tom Coburn removed the hold that he had placed on Senate consideration of the President’s nominee for OPM Director, Katherine Archuleta, according to the Federal Times.