Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Despite Opposition, GASB Will Issue Reporting Model ED

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Despite Opposition, GASB Will Issue Reporting Model ED

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The Government Accounting Standards Board expected to issue by the end of January an exposure draft of a new government financial reporting model. The GASB has been developing a new model since its inception in 1984; in June 1995, it released a preliminary views (PV) document, Governmental Financial Reporting Model: Core Financial Statements.

Opposition to the proposed model has grown considerably since the PV's issuance--the GASB received over 230 comment letters, two-thirds of which called for the GASB to either amend the PV or delay the project until recommendations are implemented. However, GASB Chairman Tom Allen told the Journal the board would move forward with the project. "We have looked at all the comments on the PV in great detail and have records of both the comments and our responses to each issue" he said. In the PV "we made many changes to the reporting model that all groups, even those most critical of the GASB, acknowledged would be improvements over current practices."

The PV proposed a dual-perspective presentation for the new model. A fund perspective would present many of the traditional measurements found in the current fund-type model, including additional information for users on the government's major funds. An entitywide perspective would give users an overview to assist them in determining whether a government is better or worse off.

Dianne K. Mitchell, technical manager in the Division of State Audit in Nashville and vice-chairwoman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, said many constituents did not like the PV's proposal for two measurement focuses. …

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