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FASB Passes on Fair Value Definition Project

A project to amend the “readily determinable fair value” definition will not be taken up by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). In a 6-1 vote at its March 1 meeting, the FASB declined adding the project to the board’s standard-setting agenda. FASB Vice Chairman James Kroeker said efforts to clarify the definition are unnecessary, but Chairman Russell Golden encouraged staff members to follow up with critics who raised concerns about the definition.

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GASB Issues Measurement Guidance for Qualified External Investment Pools

On December 23rd, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) published a standard that offers measurement guidance for some state and local government investment pools. Issued as GASB Statement (GASBS) No. 79, Certain External Investment Pools and Pool Participants, the standard allows qualified external investment pools to measure pool investments at their amortized cost. GASBS No. 79 is effective for financial statements for reporting periods that have begun since June 15th. State and local governments are encouraged to apply the statement for periods ahead of that date. The standard’s requirements to reduce the risk in a pool’s assets and the provisions. Read More.

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GASB Plans for Three-Day Meeting This Week

Beginning tomorrow, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) will hold a three-day meeting in Norwalk, Connecticut. Scheduled to start each day at 8:30 a.m., the meetings are expected to cover the preballot drafts of the Preliminary Views Leases and Fiduciary Responsibility for Financial Reporting, and Exposure Draft of the proposed Tax Abatement Disclosures, as well as fair value measurement and application, and matters related to pension plans not managed through trusts that meet certain criteria. With the exception of Wednesday’s late afternoon session, the meetings are open for public viewing. Attendees will be able to follow the meetings via live. Read More.

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PCAOB Releases Agenda Ahead of Next Month’s SAG Meeting

Announced ahead of its October 2nd event, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) has released the agenda for its Standing Advisory Group (“SAG”) meeting in Washington, D.C. Open to the public, the SAG meeting agenda includes panel discussions on possible changes to the standards regarding auditing estimates and fair value measurements. Featuring a panel of investors, auditors and valuation experts, the discussion is intended for reviewing challenges faced by auditors, hearing perspectives from the audit committee and investors, and insight from academic research. The meeting’s agenda also includes PCAOB and global inspection matters, developments in valuation and financial reporting frameworks. Read More.

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GASB Announces Fair Value Measurement and Application Webinars

Open for registration, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has announced the dates and times for two, one-hour educational webinars covering its exposure draft, Fair Value Measurement and Application . The first webinar, Fair Value Measurement and Application: A CPE Webinar for State and Local Government Financial Statement Preparers and Auditors, will occur on July 15th. On July 17th, the GASB will host its second webinar, Fair Value Measurement and Application: A Webinar for State and Local Government Financial Statement Users. Both webinars have a scheduled start time of 1:00 p.m. EST. Targeting areas related to their audiences, the webinars will cover topics like the proposed definition of fair. Read More.

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Join Us for a Fair Value Exposure Draft Podcast and Share your Feedback

At Cherry Bekaert we work hard to serve as thought leaders, keeping you informed of discussions, standards and changes that impact you and your operations.  As such we are pleased to present a podcast focusing on the Fair Value Measurement and Application exposure draft. As you may be aware, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued an exposure draft addressing fair value measurement accounting and financial reporting matters. Entitled Fair Value Measurement and Application, the exposure draft explains how to define the fair value, assets and liabilities to be measured, and what information regarding fair value should be disclosed in. Read More.

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