Resources for Federal Employees
No matter where you’re at in your federal career, explore our resources and topics exclusively for Feds so you can feel secure along all the stages of your journey.
Federal Life Insurance: A Beginner’s Guide
Decisions about life insurance can be tough. Our guide gives you the straightforward information you need to help make the right decisions for you and your family.
Saving for Retirement Guide
This guide is designed to share several strategies and actionable steps for saving for retirement, regardless of where you might be in your saving journey.
Hybrid Work and the Hidden Impact to Your Finances Guide
This guide is designed to help current and former Civilian Federal Employees navigate their new work-life normal. With many organizations adopting a hybrid work model for employees, there are several key budget line items for employees to consider.
Pay and Leave in Weather Emergencies Guide
WAEPA’s Pay and Leave in Weather Emergencies Guide provides a summary of the benefits available to assist Federal agencies and employees coping with severe weather conditions or other emergency situations and their aftermath.
Veterans' Preference in Hiring
WAEPA’s Veterans’ Preference in Hiring Guide details many ways Veterans of the Armed Forces are given preference in appointments to Federal positions, including an overview of Congressional law and information on entitlement to benefits.
Losing a Loved One Guide
WAEPA’s Losing a Loved One Guide contains practical information to help get you through difficult days and tough decisions while supporting you and your family during this stressful time.
Caring for an Aging Loved One Guide
WAEPA’s Caring for an Aging Loved One Guide helps you assess and prepare for when a loved one needs care. It covers developing a care plan, organizing important documents, and how to provide support.
Health Insurance Guide
WAEPA’s Federal Insurance Guide contains all the latest information about the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHB).
New Federal Employee Guide
WAEPA’s New Federal Employees Guide helps you navigate all of the details of joining the Federal workforce.
College Funding Guide
WAEPA’s College Funding Guide helps unlock doors for future success. This Guide contains all the latest information about getting a college degree...
Preparing for FEHB Open Season
Date & Time Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET Presented By Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc....
Considering a Financial Planner?
Date & Time Wednesday, August 16, 2023 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET Presented By Joe Sullender, CFP®, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP). NITP provides...
Estate Planning for Younger Families
Date & Time Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET Presented By Lacey Yegen, Esquire, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP). NITP provides...
Countdown to Retirement: Checklist for FERS Employees
Format & Duration On Demand | 58 minutes Presented By Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP). NITP provides high-quality benefits,...
Federal Open Season: Navigating Your Insurance Options
Format & Duration On Demand | 1 hour, 3 minutes Presented By Vanessa Craddock, Federal Benefits Specialist, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP). NITP provides high-quality...
Life Insurance 102: Reviewing Your Family’s Coverage
Format & Duration On Demand | 1 hour, 1 minute Presented By Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner® Professional, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP). NITP provides...
Disability Insurance – Who, What, When, and Why?
Format & Duration On Demand | 47 minutes Presented By Kaitlin Yardley, Certified Financial Planner® Professional, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP). NITP provides high-quality benefits,...
The Basics of the Thrift Savings Plan
Format & Duration On Demand | 1 hour, 3 minutes Presented By Kaitlin Yardley, Certified Financial Planner® Professional, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP). NITP provides...
Federal Insurances Overview and Open Season
Format & Duration On Demand | 1 hour Presented By Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP). Since 1984, NITP has...
Estate Planning for Federal Employees
Format & Duration On Demand | 1 hour, 1 minute Presented By Marc Levine, Esquire, on behalf of National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP). Since 1984, NITP has provided...
6 Essential Questions Answered about Federal Retirement Planning
Planning for your federal retirement is essential, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You’ll encounter a range of considerations, from estimating expenses to optimizing pension options. This helpful checklist...
15 Tips on Understanding Social Security
Social Security retirement benefits can play a crucial role in your retirement planning. However, the rules and regulations surrounding these benefits can be complex and confusing. To make an informed...
9 Steps You Can Take Now to Help with Inflation
The impact of inflation is being felt in almost every aspect of everyday life. Necessities are more expensive than ever and challenging to absorb for many people’s individual and family...
5 Tips to Manage a Hybrid Work Life
A 2022 study1 found that 74% of U.S. companies are using or plan to permanently implement a hybrid work model. In fact, a hybrid work model may be a driver...
Tips for Part-Time Federal Employees & Job Sharing
The Federal Government has long recognized the value of part-time employment. In fact, legislation encouraging part-time employment for Federal employees has been in place since 1978. Part-time employees are represented...
12 Tips to Help Older Adults Survive a Disaster
Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, chemical spills, wildfires and other man-made and natural disasters can have long-lasting and sometimes permanent effects on communities and the older adults who live in them....
Security at Federal Buildings
A recent survey found that one third of Federal Employees said that they or a colleague had been threatened or harassed while doing their jobs. Employees are increasingly considering themselves...
Federal Jobs By College Major
Working for the Federal Government can be a wonderful career choice. However, finding the right job for you, based on your interest and academic major, can be a little confusing....
10 Ways to Pay Off Your Student Debt
In the United States, federal loans make up the vast majority of loans taken out by students – just over $1.48 trillion worth. Paying off student debt can be difficult,...
12 Ways to Cut College Costs
A college education is a big investment of time, money, and effort. The hardest part, however, is figuring out how to pay for it. Whether a student wants to go...
What Should I Expect From the Life Insurance Underwriting Process?
A life insurance policy is one of the most important purchases you can make in terms of protecting your family’s financial future. While the application and medical underwriting process can...
August 31, 2023
Improve Your Finances with a Financial Fast
In today’s world, where we are constantly bombarded with advertisements and encouraged to spend money, it can be difficult to take a step back and assess our spending habits. A...
July 25, 2023
Pay & Benefits
Short-Term Disability Insurance for Federal Employees
According to the Council for Disability Awareness, over one in four twenty-year olds can expect to become disabled before reaching retirement age. Are you financially prepared for a disability? Short-Term...
June 29, 2023
Federal Civilian Life
A New Law Could Boost Your Retirement Savings
The SECURE 2.0 Act builds on an earlier law intended to strengthen Americans’ ability to save for a financially secure retirement. Here are just a few highlights of what’s changed,...
June 7, 2023
What is Financial Wellness (and Why Does it Matter)?
The state of our finances is top of mind for many of us, particularly with the rising cost of living in recent years. Now, more than ever, investing in your...
April 21, 2023
When Is Life Insurance Taxable? Four Scenarios to Consider
While life insurance is typically not taxable, there are some notable exceptions that could play a role and are important to consider regarding any life insurance policy and benefit.* 1....
March 23, 2023
9 Reasons Why Life Insurance for Women is Important
Many people are aware of the gender wage gap but less known, perhaps, is the discrepancy in life insurance coverage for women and men. According to a 2021 study by...
March 3, 2023
Making the Transition: Jeanie Kazemier's Story
Real Life Stories from Life Happens No one expects to meet the love of their life at age 11. But that’s how it unfolded for Jeanie Kazemier. Tom was her...
February 1, 2023
Living in the Sandwich Generation
What Is the Sandwich Generation? The “Sandwich Generation” refers to individuals who are “sandwiched” between their children (young and adult children) and their aging parents. Frequently these individuals are put...
January 4, 2023
Pay & Benefits
How Are 2023 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...
December 28, 2022