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Recent Office of Management and Budget Actions

The following summary outlines recent actions taken by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”): Memorandum M-17-26, Reducing Burden for Federal Agencies by Rescinding and Modifying OMB Memoranda . Last month, the OMB issued a memorandum which marked the dissolution of the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (“COFAR”). The memorandum also eliminates several grants management-related requirements. Change in reporting metrics. The OMB announced that federal agencies no longer have to report the metrics assessing the impact of the Uniform Guidance, as ordered by OMB Memorandum M-14-17, Metrics for Uniform Guidance. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (“CFDA”) expansion. The OMB has postponed its proposed expansion of the CFDA numbering schematic. Future changes. Read More.

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GASB Issues Exposure Draft on Debt Disclosures

On Wednesday, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) released an exposure draft that proposes guidance to improve debt-related disclosures in financial statements. Issued as Certain Disclosures Related to Debt, including Direct Borrowings and Direct Placements , the Exposure Draft offers guidance that would state which liabilities governments must disclose in their financial statements. Such liabilities include direct borrowings and direct placements. The proposed guidance would describe debt for disclosure purposes as a liability arising from a contractual requirement to pay cash or other assets to resolve a fixed amount at the date of the established contractual obligation. Leases and trade accounts payable would receive exemption from the guidance. In addition, the new. Read More.

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New GASB Statement on Leases Issued

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued a new single model to help state and local governments report leasing agreements. GASB Statement (“GASBS”) No. 87, Leases, categorizes leases as financing arrangements that allow customers to use the leased asset. Per the standard, governments that act as lessees must report a liability for the contract, as well as report an intangible asset indicating their ability to use the leased item. For government entities that are lessors, they must disclose a receivable for the lease and a deferred inflow of resources. Nonfinancial assets such as vehicles, heavy equipment, and property are. Read More.

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2017 Local Government Benchmarking Survey Results

Cherry Bekaert is pleased to present the results of our 6th Annual State and Local Government Benchmarking Survey. Based on the feedback from over 150 survey participants, we are able to share these valuable results allowing government entities to compare their own performance, accomplishments and struggles with similar entities across the Southeast. We hope this report will help you better understand how your peers in the region are responding or planning to respond to a wide range of current issues. Highlights from this year’s results include: Competitiveness of salaries was the most common factor attributed to turnover 15 percent of respondents. Read More.

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GASB Chairman Offers Financial Reporting Model Update

In his “From the Chairman” column for the latest GASB Outlook newsletter, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Chairman David Vaudt provides an update to the financial reporting model. Vaudt discusses what the GASB has done since issuing an Invitation to Comment last year, such as holding five public hearings and providing updates around the country. He also mentions the GASB’s plans this summer to redeliberate feedback from stakeholders and the public hearings. Vaudt’s “From the Chairman” column can be read at GASB.org.

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