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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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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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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 Statement on Pollution Remediation Helps Financial Statement Users

A Post Implementation Review (“PIR”) by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has determined that GASB Statement No. 49, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pollution Remediation Obligations, achieves its purpose of offering more reliable reporting of a government’s pollution remediation obligations. According to the PIR team, GASB Statement No. 49 resolves the main issues causing its stated need and provides financial statement users with valuable information. In addition, GASB Statement No. 49 attained its expected benefits, and no standard-setting process recommendations were offered. More on the Post Implementation Review of GASB Statement No. 49 is available in the news release.

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GASB Forms Going Concern Consultative Group

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has formed a consultative group to assist with its research in the reassessment of the going concern disclosures of GASB Statement No. 56, Codification of Accounting and Financial Reporting Guidance Contained in the AICPA Statements on Auditing Standards. Appointed by David Vaudt, the consultative group will offer guidance and feedback to GASB staff members during the research process, as well as review drafts of the research materials. The full list of the going concern consultative group members is available on the GASB website.

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GASB Issues New Guidance for Pension Accounting Standards

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has issued guidance to improve consistency regarding the application of its recent pension standards. GASB Statement No. 82, Pension Issues, addresses implementation issues concerning: GASB No. 67, Financial Reporting for Pension Plans; GASB No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions; and GASB No. 73, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions and Related Assets That Are Not Within the Scope of GASB Statement 68. Specifically, the amendments focus on the presentation of payroll upon which pension plan contributions are based in the supplementary information of financial statements. The new guidance also clarifies that a. Read More.

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