Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Financial Reporting Reformer to Head FASB

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Financial Reporting Reformer to Head FASB

Article excerpt

The Financial Accounting Foundation chose Edmund L. Jenkins as the fourth chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. His five-year term began July 1.

Jenkins is well known to the financial accounting community as chairman of the American Institute of CPAs special committee on financial reporting (the Jenkins committee), which released its 1994 report, Improving Business Reporting -- A Customer Focus. He recently retired as managing partner of Arthur Andersen Worldwide's professional standards group. He also had been managing partner of Andersen's accounting and audit practice, with responsibility for the firm's practice before the Securities and Exchange Commission. Jenkins is not entirely new to the FASB, having served as a charter member of the emerging issues task force from 1984 to 1991 and as a member of the FASB's advisory council from 1991 to 1995.

His work is cut out for him

Jenkins is enthusiastic about the special committee's work. "I believe the recommendations deserve full due process consideration by the FASB, the SEC and other standard setters." he told the Journal. "Over time I expect the board to consider the recommendations, including placing some nonfinancial information within the FASB's scope of operations." However, Jenkins does not plan to move the recommendations to the top of the FASB's agenda. "We'll consider the report in relation to other FASB priorities."

In fact, the board has a full agenda as it is. Jenkins started work in the middle of a drawn-out discussion on derivatives. …

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