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GASB Adds External Investment Pools to Pre-Research Agenda

Approved at its Friday meeting, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has added External Investment Pools to its pre-agenda research plan. In its research efforts, the GASB will review whether the reporting requirements for 2a7-like external investment pools that function as money market funds were impacted by recent Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regulation changes. The GASB hopes to acquire enough information to help decide whether a project should be added to its current technical agenda. In July, the SEC issued Release No. 33-9616, Money Market Fund Reform; Amendments to Form PF to lower the possibility of investors seeking money. Read More.

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GASB to Hold Three-Day Meeting Next Week

Preparing for a three-day meeting next week, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has released its Notice of Meetings . Scheduled Wednesday through Friday, August 20th-22nd, GASB’s meeting will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. EST and cover topics like lessor/lessee recognition and measurement matters; fiduciary responsibilities; tax abatement disclosures; recognition issues concerning irrevocable charitable trusts; and the proposed technical plan for the rest of 2014. Cherry Bekaert has a team of professionals ready to serve governmental entities. Visit our Government page for more information.

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New Auditing Interpretations Have Been Issued Related to GASB 67 and 68

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) recently issued interpretation of certain standards related to implementation of Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statements 67 and 68. Summaries of these interpretations follow. If you are interested in additional information regarding your specific circumstance, you can find the interpretations on the AICPA’s website. Interpretations to Audit Evidence Standard Interpretation No. 2, “Auditor of Participating Employer in a Governmental Cost-Sharing Multiple-Employer Pension Plan,” of AU-C section 500, Audit Evidence, answers two questions. The first clarifies that the audited financial statements of a cost-sharing plan prepared, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Read More.

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GASB Opens Registration for OPEB Webinars

In the coming weeks, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) will host two webinars focused on its exposure drafts, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions, and Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans. Aimed for preparers and auditors, Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB): A CPE Webinar for State and Local Government Financial Statement Preparers & Auditors, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30th at 1:00 p.m. EST. GASB representatives Dean Mead, Scott Reeser and Michelle Czerkawski, the guest speakers will provide state and local government perspectives on the organization’s recent exposure drafts on OPEB. Targeting. 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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