MEDIA ADVISORY 01/22/13
The GASB’s New Standard for Government Combinations and Disposals of Government Operations Is Now AvailableNorwalk, CT, January 22, 2013—The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) today published standards intended to improve accounting and financial reporting for U.S. state and local governments’ combinations and disposals of government operations. The pronouncement, which was approved on January 8, is available to download at no charge on the GASB website.
GASB Statement No. 69, Government Combinations and Disposals of Government Operations, provides guidance for:
- Determining whether a specific government combination is a government merger, a government acquisition, or a transfer of operations
- Using carrying values (generally, the amounts recognized in the pre-combination financial statements of the combining governments or operations) to measure the assets, deferred outflows of resources, liabilities, and deferred inflows of resources combined in a government merger or transfer of operations
- Measuring acquired assets, deferred outflows of resources, liabilities, and deferred inflows of resources based upon their acquisition values in a government acquisition, and
- Reporting the disposal of government operations that have been transferred or sold.
Bound copies of the Statement will be available for purchase on January 31 via the GASB Store.
About the Governmental Accounting Standards Board
The GASB is the independent, not-for-profit organization formed in 1984 that establishes and improves financial accounting and reporting standards for state and local governments. Its seven members are drawn from the Board’s diverse constituency, including preparers and auditors of government financial statements, users of those statements, and members of the academic community. More information about the GASB can be found at its website, www.gasb.org.