Who We Are
We’ve provided Civilian Federal Employees and their loved ones with dependable life insurance since 1943. While times have changed, our mission to promote the health, welfare, and financial well-being of our members has remained the same.
For Feds, By Feds
As a non-profit formed For Feds, By Feds, we understand what it takes to help provide peace of mind. More than 46,000 Feds and their families choose WAEPA’s portable life insurance coverage to help protect the future of their families.
While we actively provide more than $10 billion in coverage to Feds, we’ve refunded over $100 million in premiums since 1996. That’s one way how WAEPA serves Feds who serve our country.
A Walk Through WAEPA’s History
Our Mission Begins
War Agencies Employees Protective Association (WAEPA) emerged as an affordable life insurance provider for civilian federal employees serving in war zones during World War 2. These Feds were offered up to $10,000 coverage, based on salary.
Premium Refunds Launched
Insured members received WAEPA’s first premium refund.
AD&D Coverage Offered
Members were provided $10,000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage for free.
Retirees Received Coverage
Retired members benefitted from insurance coverage.
For Feds and Families
Optional dependent coverage was offered.
We Are WAEPA
War Agencies Employees Protective Association is simply renamed to WAEPA.
Coverage Amounts Increased
WAEPA introduced new group term plans for life insurance, providing up to $300,000 in life insurance for members and up to $100,000 in life insurance for spouses.
Couples Covered Longer
Coverage for members and their spouses was extended to age 75.
More Premiums in Pockets
Premiums were reduced for members age 45 through 59.
Here for Longer
Member coverage was extended to age 80.
Premiums Reduced Again
Premiums were reduced for members ages 40 through 74.
Love Birds for Life
WAEPA furthered its protection to members’ and U.S. Government employees’ loved ones by offering spousal coverage.
Coverage Increased Again
Group Term Life Insurance coverage amount increased to $500,000 for members and up to $250,000 for spouses.
Protection for New Feds
Protection with Guaranteed Issue coverage was offered to newly hired federal employees.
New Coverage Milestone
Group Term Life Insurance coverage amount grew to $750,000.
Invested in Education
WAEPA launched its Scholarship Program to financially support insured members’ children.
Insurance Rates Reduced
All members under age 40 benefitted from reduced rates.
World-Class Resources for Federal Employees
WAEPA partnered with the National Institute of Transition Planning (NITP) to host educational webinars for federal employees wanting to learn more about financial and retirement planning.
Reduced Rates Expand
All members age 40 and over benefitted from reduced rates.
Welcoming New York Life
New York Life Insurance Company became the sole underwriters for WAEPA Group Term Life Insurance*. With the change, coverage limits grew from $750,000 to $1.5 million for members and up to $500,000 for spouses.
Financial Wellness with Ernst & Young
WAEPA partnered with Ernst & Young (EY) to provide a Financial Wellness Planning program to members.
Our Group Gathered
WAEPA hosted its first Member Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Living Benefits Launched
Chronic Illness Rider (CIR) Introduced to membership.
Protection for Furloughed Feds
Premiums waived for all members during the historic government furlough.
Meet the People of WAEPA
Douglas’ 27-year-long career in the Federal space includes his experience at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as the Federal Labor Relations Authority.
Kevin’s Federal Government career features a range of experience with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, U.S. Small Business Administration, and U.S. Department of Commerce.
Lamar kicked off his career as a Civilian Federal Employee in 2002 with the Transportation Security Administration until he joined the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in 2005.
Patricia formerly served as Deputy Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she has also served as Acting Executive Director and Acting CIO.
James has spent nearly three decades building his career with the Federal government at USDA and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Jonathan’s career in the Federal workforce spans time with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, and the Social Security Administration.
Kevin has spent 25 years building his career with the federal government, currently working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Jay has 36 years of experience in the Federal Government, which have included three tours overseas and time working with the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory.
George’s extensive Federal career began at the Interstate Commerce Commission, and later the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he spent most of his career.
Christi has more than 20 years of Government service at the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Winona has over 18 years of experience in leadership at the federal, state, and local levels, with most of her career spent with USDA.
Jean is a distinguished Licensed Registered Nurse, SES professional, and published author who currently works for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Paul’s extensive career with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command has taken him all across the world.
M. Shane Canfield brings more than 25 years of experience in insurance and non-profit leadership to WAEPA. In his role as WAEPA CEO, Shane is responsible for strategic planning and leadership, managing stakeholder relationships, and serving our Board of Directors in organizational oversight.
Brandon T. Jones brings over 18 years of experience in management, information assurance, cybersecurity, and information technology to WAEPA. After working in the DoD, commercial and nonprofit sectors, Brandon joined WAEPA in 2018 to lead our IT Team.
Laurie Lee brings more than 25 years of executive-level experience in strategic planning and leadership. She joined WAEPA in 2019 after serving as CFO in the nonprofit sector for nearly two decades. Her expertise is in the development and execution of management strategy, leading financial operations, and streamlining financial procedures to create the best business practices.