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New Fiduciary Activities Guidance Issued for Governments

New guidance has been issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) on the categorization of fiduciary activities for financial reporting, how fiduciary activities are to be reported, and when liabilities to beneficiaries must be disclosed. The standard, GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities , provides conditions for governments to classify their fiduciary activities. These conditions include determining whether a government controls the assets of the fiduciary activity and the beneficiaries wherein a fiduciary relationship is present. Other criteria are included for recognizing fiduciary component units and postemployment benefit agreements that are fiduciary activities. Any activity that meets the criteria stated in Statement 84 must be. Read More.

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GASB Financial Reporting Model Invitation to Comment in the Works

Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Chairman David Vaudt has announced plans to issue an Invitation to Comment regarding its project to improve the financial reporting model. The Invitation to Comment, Financial Reporting Model Improvements—Governmental Funds, will help the GASB collect feedback to shape its financial reporting model project. Specifically, the GASB is focused on improving: Recognition approaches; Governmental funds statement of resource flows format; Specific terminology; Reconciliation to the government-wide statements; and Statement of cash flows (for certain recognition approaches). Comments are due to the GASB on Friday, March 31.  More on the Invitation to Comment is available on

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GASB Announces New Task Force

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has announced the formation of a revenue and expense recognition task force. Appointed by Chairman David Vaudt, the 23-person task force will create an application model for reporting revenues and expenses occurring from non-exchange, exchange, and exchange-like transactions. A complete list of the revenue and expense recognition task force members is available on

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GASB Issues Statement on Asset Retirement Obligations

State and local governments seeking clear and consistent direction on asset retirement obligations received help this week in the form of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statement No. 83, Certain Asset Retirement Obligations. The new standard provides governmental entities accounting and financial reporting guidance for determining liabilities and corresponding deferred outflow of resources associated with asset retirement obligations. Per the guidance, an entity legally obligated to carry out future asset retirement activities associated with its tangible capital assets must recognize a liability and a corresponding deferred outflow of resources. GASB Statement 83 also lists the situations that cause these transactions to. Read More.

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GASAC Appoints Four New Members

The Financial Accounting Foundation’s Board of Trustees has appointed the following members to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (“GASAC”): Alan Conroy, executive director of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Karen Krop, senior director of Fitch Ratings Sue Osborn, mayor of Fenton, Michigan Larry Stafford, audit services manager of Clark County, Vancouver, Washington As GASAC members, they will be part of a 31-person committee offering the Governmental Accounting Standards Board guidance on technical issues, prioritizing projects, and other matters impacting accounting and financial reporting for state and local governments. The new appointees will serve two-year terms effective January 1,. Read More.

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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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