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How Are 2020 GS Pay Scales with Locality Calculated?

For Civilian Federal Employees, the end of the calendar year marks a possibility for changes to General Schedule (GS) Pay Scales. Understanding how the system works can help you make better financial decisions for you and your family. This knowledge also allows you to make an informed career decision when comparing positions or considering a…

Preparation Tips for FEHB Open Season 2020

Over the duration of a year, many things can change for your family in terms of your health plan needs. If you got married or had a child, you may need a different level of coverage. For example, if you received a serious diagnosis, you might need to make some changes in anticipation of future…

5 Skills That Make You A Good Federal Employee

Federal service has its own thrills, challenges, and culture. Civilian Federal Employees are impacted by political decisions and evolving agency landscapes, all while working to create tangible, long-lasting impacts on the country. If you’re a Federal employee, you likely take pride in your dedication to public service. No matter where you are in your career,…

What To Do When You Lose a Loved One

Part of a new eBook series from WAEPA As the life insurance choice of over 46,000 Feds and their families, WAEPA is committed to providing our members with access to products and services that promote their health, welfare, and financial well-being. Keeping in line with that goal, WAEPA has developed a “What To Do When…

How Are 2019 GS Pay Scales with Locality Calculated?

Regardless of your tenure as a Civilian Federal Employee, it’s important to understand your salary and how it is calculated to ensure financial security. At the end of 2018, your financial situation will change by locality under the 2019 General Schedule (GS) pay scale, and you may wonder exactly how these changes will impact you…

4 Things You Need to Know about the 2019 federal pay raise

During the first few weeks of the shutdown, many Feds were disappointed by news of an executive order to freeze pay for Civilian Federal Employees in 2019. Then, in an unexpected turn, Congress passed a federal pay raise in a funding bill on February 15, effectively overturning the freeze. On March 28, President Trump signed…

7 Essential Mobile Apps for Federal Employees in 2019

Most Civilian Federal Employees own smartphones loaded with apps designed to add value to their daily lives. For those looking for guidance on government information and services, there are a variety of mobile apps sponsored by the Federal government which provide relevant and accurate information.   If you’re looking to simplify your life as a…

Government Shutdown Q&A with Shane Canfield

WAEPA (Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies), a nonprofit Voluntary Employee Benefits Association which offers Group Term Life Insurance* exclusively to Civilian Federal Employees, made headlines in January when they announced they were waiving January’s premiums for all their members, including those for Members not impacted by the partial Government Shutdown, which went on…

Preparation Tips for FEHB Open Season 2019

As a federal employee, it is important to ask yourself if your current health plan is working for you. A change in marital status or a newly discovered medical condition can impact your coverage needs. To better adjust to the unexpected events in life, the Office of Personnel Management hosts its annual Federal Employee Health…

Choosing the Right Executor for Estate Planning

Most individuals understand the fundamental importance of having a will, but few know that selecting the right executor to help manage their affairs is equally pressing. The executor, or personal representative, is tasked with various responsibilities including cataloging assets, paying debts and other bills, classifying your assets and allocating leftover finances to heirs. Picking the wrong…