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GASB Issues Proposed Implementation Guide

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) seeks feedback on a proposed Implementation Guide to help clarify recent GASB Statements. Issued Wednesday, the proposed guide addresses the GASB’s latest accounting and reporting guidance involving pensions, cash flow statements, certain investments, external investment pools, tax abatements, and other topics. Also included in the guide are amendments to preceding implementation guidance. Comments on the Exposure Draft of Implementation Guide No. 201X-Y, Implementation Guidance Update—201X , are due Tuesday, January 31.

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Final Overtime Rule on Hold

A November 22 preliminary injunction has blocked the Final Overtime Rule scheduled to become effective Thursday. Last week’s ruling by Federal Judge Amos Mazzant determined that the Department of Labor overstepped its authority by amending the salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime pay. The overtime rule would have increased the salary level for exempt white collar employees to $913 per week. Nearly two dozen governors and attorneys general challenged the overtime rule. Judge Mazzant sided with the plaintiffs, saying that the Department of Labor could not create a distinct standard for overtime eligibility. The Department of Labor is likely. Read More.

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Review Says GASB Statement on Fund Balance Reporting Achieves Purpose

A Post-Implementation Review (“PIR”) of the expected benefits of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statement No. 54, Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions, has determined that the standard achieves its purpose. In a report this week, the PIR team reached the following conclusions on the 2009-issued statement: Statement No. 54 resolved the key issues underlying its need, such as introducing clearer fund balance classifications and fund type definitions. Despite some reported difficulty in differentiating between committed and assigned fund balanced, the statement is viewed as an improvement from previous literature. The statement offers financial statement users with beneficial. Read More.

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GASB to Hold Three-Day Meeting Starting Tomorrow

Beginning Tuesday, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) will hold a three-day meeting at the Financial Accounting Foundation’s offices in Norwalk, Connecticut. According to its Notice of Meetings , the GASB will discuss the following topics: The final statement, Certain Asset Retirement Obligations The proposed Exposure Draft, Implementation Guide No, 201X-X, Implementation Guidance Update—201x-x The Exposure Draft, Leases A review of the preballot draft of the Invitation to Comment, Financial Reporting Model Improvements-Governmental Funds Debt Disclosures, including Direct Borrowing—Reexamination of Statement Nos. 34, 38, and 62 Revenue and expense recognition Daily meetings are expected to start at 8:30 a.m. ET. With the exception. Read More.

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Implementation Guidance Proposed for OPEB Plans

An Exposure Draft has been issued on a proposed Implementation Guide aimed to clarify the requirements of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statement No. 74, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans. The GASB’s proposed Implementation Guide features over 150 questions regarding the new standards on financial reporting for other postemployment benefit (“OPEB”) plans. The  Exposure Draft for Implementation Guide No. 201X-X, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans , can be accessed on GASB.org. Comments are being accepted through Monday, December 19.

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GASB Omnibus Statement Proposed to Address Practice Issues

Newly proposed guidance by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) seeks to address various reporting issues during the implementation of certain pronouncements. The Exposure Draft, Omnibus 201X, covers the following issues: Simplifications concerning the alternative measurement method for other postemployment benefits (“OPEB”). Reporting goodwill and negative goodwill. Disclosing on-behalf payments for pensions or OPEB in employer financial statements. Categorizing real estate for operations and investment reasons by insurance companies. Assessing specific money market investments and contributing interest-earning investment contracts at amortized cost. Comments on Omnibus 201X  are due Wednesday, November 23. To download the Exposure Draft, visit the GASB website.

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