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GAO Seeks Feedback on Proposed Yellow Book Changes

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) is seeking comments on its proposed revisions to Government Auditing Standards (“Yellow Book”). The exposure draft offers major changes to the 2011 Yellow Book including chapter reorganization, providing additional details on the auditor’s requirements when the engaging party is different from the responsible party, and an update to the internal control requirements and guidance. Comments on the proposed Yellow Book changes are due Thursday, July 6. More on the proposed amendments to the Yellow Book is available on GAO.gov.

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GASB Statement 85 Addresses Various Practice Issues

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued GASB Statement No. 85, Omnibus 2017, to address the following accounting and financial reporting matters: Merging a component unit when the main government is a business activity being disclosed in a single column for financial reporting purposes. Disclosing amounts that were previously reported as goodwill and negative goodwill. Categorizing real estate held by insurance companies. Assessing specific money market investments and contributing interest-earning investment contracts at amortized cost. Timing of the assessment of pension and other postemployment benefits (“OPEB”) liabilities, and associated expenditures identified in financial statements that are prepared with the. Read More.

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6th Annual Local Government Benchmarking Survey

What new regulatory issues are most impactful to your entity? How is your entity addressing baby boomer retirement and staffing needs? Is your entity concerned about cybersecurity? Tell us about these issues and more! Speak your mind and let us know what is going on in your local government. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Five survey respondents will be randomly selected to win a free week of meals from Blue Apron ! Offer expires March 31, 2017. Recipients will be contacted by email 4 to 6 weeks after the survey closes.

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GASB Takes Detailed Look at Financial Reporting

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) is currently working on or performing research concerning three projects to improve financial reporting for governmental entities. Two of the interrelated efforts, Financial Reporting Model Reexamination and Revenue and Expense Recognition, are currently on the GASB’s technical agenda. The third project, the Note Disclosures Reexamination, was added to the GASB’s pre-agenda research. The GASB timed each project in a staggered way to work on them in unison to be issued successively and in a timely manner. More on the financial reporting projects is available on GASB.org.

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GASB Chair Discusses Postemployment Benefits

In his latest edition of “From the Chairman”, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (“GASB”) David Vaudt discusses how important it is for governmental entities to calculate the discount rate for measuring the net liability for postemployment benefits. The focus of Vaudt’s letter is the long-term expected rate of return, which he considers fundamental in determining the discount rate. Vaudt says that the long-term expected rate of return must be based on the nature and combination of present and anticipated postemployment benefit investments. Check out Vaudt’s full comments on GASB.org.

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James Brown and Kristopher Knight Appointed to GASB

The Financial Accounting Foundation’s Board of Trustees announced Tuesday the reappointment of James Brown to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”). A member of the GASB since 2012, Brown is a former partner at a regional, Missouri-based public accounting firm. He also served as the firm’s principal contact with the GASB prior to his departure. This will be Brown’s second term on the GASB. Also on Tuesday, the Board of Trustees appointed Kristopher Knight to the GASB. Knight was previously Delaware’s deputy secretary of state and the director of its Division of Corporations. He will replace outgoing member Jan Sylvis,. Read More.

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