GASB ISSUES INVITATION TO COMMENT IN PROJECT
Norwalk, CT, January 4, 2017—The Governmental
Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued an Invitation to Comment
(ITC) on potential improvements to the governmental funds portion of the
financial reporting model.
DESIGNED TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL REPORTING MODEL
The ITC, Financial Reporting Model Improvements—Governmental Funds,
is intended to obtain feedback from stakeholders at an early stage of
the Board's financial reporting model reexamination project. Interested
parties are asked to review and provide input on the ITC by March 31,
The ITC addresses potential improvements that were initially identified
during the research the GASB conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of
the existing standards. These potential improvements include:
Importantly, the ITC introduces three alternative recognition approaches for governmental fund financial statements:
- Recognition approaches (measurement focus and basis of accounting)
- Format of the governmental funds statement of resource flows
- Specific terminology
- Reconciliation to the government-wide statements
- For certain recognition approaches, a statement of cash flows.
These three approaches fall on a continuum—from a closer-to-cash
approach at one end of the spectrum to a closer-to-economic resources
approach on the other. The alternatives were developed to make
governmental funds information more useful for financial statement users
for making decisions and assessing government accountability.
- Near-term financial resources
- Short-term financial resources, and
- Long-term financial resources.
The project is intended to consider improvements to only selected
aspects of the existing financial reporting model. Improvements to other
parts of the model are expected to be considered in future due process
"This initial document in the reexamination of the financial reporting
model lays out what two years of research indicated were the prime areas
for improvement for governmental funds" said David A. Vaudt, GASB
chairman. "This is a key opportunity for stakeholders to influence the
direction of the Board's deliberations on the fundamental issues related
to governmental funds."
Written comments should be addressed to the Director of Research and
Technical Activities, Project No. 3-25I, and either emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the GASB, 401 Merritt 7, PO Box 5116, Norwalk, CT 06856-5116.
A series of public hearings and user forums on the ITC are scheduled as follows:
- April 28, 2017, Atlanta, GA
- May 3, 2017, Dallas, TX
- May 11, 2017, San Francisco, CA
- May 21, 2017, Denver, CO (in conjunction with the annual conference of the Government Finance Officers Association)
- May 24, 2017, at 401 Merritt 7, Norwalk, CT
The deadline for written notice of intent to participate is March 31, 2017. Additional information is available in the ITC.
- April 27, 2017, New York, NY
- May 12, 2017, San Francisco, CA
- May 18, 2017, Washington, DC (in conjunction with the annual conference of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts)
About the Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Established in 1984, the GASB is the independent, private-sector
organization based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that establishes accounting
and financial reporting standards for U.S. state and local governments
that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These
standards are recognized as authoritative by state and local
governments, state Boards of Accountancy, and the American Institute of
CPAs (AICPA). The GASB develops and issues accounting standards through a
transparent and inclusive process intended to promote financial
reporting that provides useful information to taxpayers, public
officials, investors, and others who use financial reports. The
Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) supports and oversees the GASB.
For more information, visit www.gasb.org.