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Lease Accounting Proposal to Help Companies with Land Easements

Utility and oil and gas companies could receive new guidance from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to help account for land easements. In Proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2017-290, Leases (Topic 842): Land Easement Practical Expedient for Transition to Topic 842, the FASB gives companies with land easements what it calls a transition break. The transition break allows companies to forgo reviewing dated contract files to determine whether the transactions must be identified as leases and should be accounted for under ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). When the lease standard goes into effect, new easements must be reviewed. Read More.

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SEC’s Corp Fin Updates Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations

Staff members of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) recently updated two Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”): Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Updated Question 1) ; and Securities Act Forms (New Questions 101.04 and 101.05) . Featuring the staff’s interpretations concerning SEC forms, rules and regulations, both updates relate to financial information requirements for emerging growth companies.

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SEC to Offer Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosures

To prepare companies for complying with the pay ratio disclosure requirements early next year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved new interpretive guidance. The interpretive guidance outlines the market regulator’s views regarding the use of reasonable estimates, assumptions and methodologies, and statistical sampling as allowed by the pay ratio rule. In addition, the guidance clarifies that companies can use applicable existing internal records (e.g., tax or payroll records) when determining whether to include non-U.S. employees and identifying the median employee. It also offers guidance concerning when a company can use widely recognized tests in determining whether its workers. Read More.

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PCC Members Want Consistency on Cloud Computing Guidance

With the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) continuing to research ways to improve guidance for cloud computing accounting, private organizations and their accountants are pushing for a simplified approach. At a September 19 meeting, Private Company Council (“PCC”) representatives expressed to the FASB their desire for the accounting guidance for implementation costs related to setting up cloud-based business software packages to be consistent with the board’s guidance for similar software licenses. Beth van Bladel, a PCC member and director of CFO for Hire LLC, argued in favor of cloud computing being treated similarly as software licensing. van Bladel said she preferred that companies decide on how to organize the contractual agreement based on the terms and. Read More.

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FASB Makes Updates to Technical Agenda

At its September 20 public meeting, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) agreed to add the following three projects to its technical agenda: A project on differentiating liabilities and equity, with a emphasis on indexation and settlement, convertible debt, disclosures, and earnings per share A section of the FASB’s Financial Performance Reporting Research project aimed at the disaggregation of performance reporting by function and nature A narrow-scoped project on segment reporting aimed at improving the aggregation criteria and segment disclosures The addition of these projects completes the last stage of the FASB’s agenda consultation project. Also at the meeting, the. Read More.

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DODIG Report on DCMA Actions Regarding DCAA Incurred Cost Audit Reports

In a recent report from the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (“DODIG”) (DODIG-2017-055, dated February 9, 2017) the DODIG found several instances when the Defense Contract Management Agency (“DCMA”) contracting officer’s (“CO”) actions did not comply with Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”), DoD Instruction 7640.02, or DCMA instructions. The findings resulted from a review of 22 incurred cost reports judgmentally selected from a pool of 1,072 Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) incurred cost reports issued between September 2013 and July 2015. In its review, the DODIG evaluated the appropriateness of DCMA actions on DCAA findings reported in the 22. Read More.

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