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…

Do you have enough emergency savings?

Life happens. And sometimes, it brings a financial hardship to your doorstep, leaving you scrambling to find the cash needed to handle the unexpected and often, unwelcome situation.   Twenty-three percent of Americans have zero savings to turn to in an emergency, according to a recent survey by Bankrate.com. Many people turn to credit cards…

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…

What my Family Needs to Know at my Death

For many, acquiring a life insurance policy can be uncomfortable due to the morbid nature of the planning, and all of the considerations that come into play as part of the process. However daunting it may seem, though, it is a necessary tactic in the overall strategy you should have in place when working to…

Evaluating Life Insurance Coverage Outside of Open Season

While it’s not Open Season for Life Insurance, it’s a perfect time to evaluate your coverage. Life insurance is a vital tool when it comes to safeguarding your family’s future. How would your family’s income be impacted if you passed away? What if you receive a terminal diagnosis? What will your family need to retain…

Carrying Coverage with WAEPA is Easier Than Ever

In addition to the many benefits we offer our Members, Civilian Federal Employees insured under our Group Term Life Insurance* and Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance Programs enjoy the ease of carrying coverage from us. Part of the many factors that makes WAEPA unique are our convenient payment options:   Paperless Bi-Weekly/Bi-Monthly/Monthly Payroll Deduction – If…

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…

When was the last time FEGLI gave you money back?

Since 1996, WAEPA has refunded over $100 Million dollars to our members. Why do we do it? It’s simple: we’re a voluntary benefits association, here to serve our members. In honor of our 75th Anniversary, we’re revisiting the history and benefits of our Premium Refund Program:   WAEPA’s Premium Refund Program started in May of…