Facts About FASB

Since 1973, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has been the designated organization in the private sector for establishing standards of financial accounting that govern the preparation of financial reports by nongovernmental entities. Those standards are officially recognized as authoritative by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (Financial Reporting Release No. 1, Section 101, and reaffirmed in its April 2003 Policy Statement) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Rule 203, Rules of Professional Conduct, as amended May 1973 and May 1979). Such standards are important to the efficient functioning of the economy because decisions about the allocation of resources rely heavily on credible, concise, and understandable financial information.

The SEC has statutory authority to establish financial accounting and reporting standards for publicly held companies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Throughout its history, however, the Commission’s policy has been to rely on the private sector for this function to the extent that the private sector demonstrates ability to fulfill the responsibility in the public interest.

Mission

The mission of the FASB is to establish and improve standards of financial accounting and reporting that foster financial reporting by nongovernmental entities that provides decision-useful information to investors and other users of financial reports.

That mission is accomplished through a comprehensive and independent process that encourages broad participation, objectively considers all stakeholder views, and is subject to oversight by the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Structure

The FASB is part of a structure that is independent of all other business and professional organizations. That structure includes the Financial Accounting Foundation (Foundation), the FASB, the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC).

Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF)  

The Foundation is the independent, private sector organization that is responsible for the oversight, administration, and finances of the FASB, the GASB, and their advisory councils FASAC and GASAC. The Foundation’s primary duties include protecting the independence and integrity of the standards-setting process and appointing members of the FASB, GASB, FASAC, and GASAC. The Foundation's website includes a complete description of the Foundation, provides a list of and background information about members of the Board of Trustees, and provides other useful information.

Financial Accounting Standards Board

In 1973, the Foundation established the FASB to establish and improve standards of financial accounting and reporting for nongovernmental entities. Consistent with that mission, the FASB maintains the FASB Accounting Standards CodificationTM(Accounting Standards Codification) which represents the source of authoritative standards of accounting and reporting, other than those issued by the SEC, recognized by the FASB to be applied by nongovernmental entities.

Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC)

The primary function of FASAC is to advise the FASB on technical issues on the Board’s agenda, possible new agenda items, project priorities, procedural matters that may require the attention of the FASB, and other matters as may be requested by the FASB or its chairman. At present, the Council has more than 30 members who represent a broad cross section of the FASB’s constituency.

Additional Information

General Information

For further information about the FASB, including Board meeting schedules, access the FASB website at www.fasb.org, call or write Financial Accounting Standards Board, 401 Merritt 7, PO Box 5116, Norwalk, CT 06856-5116, telephone (203) 847-0700 or e-mail questions to director@fasb.org.

To Order Publications

Documents published by the FASB may be obtained by placing an order on the FASB website at www.fasb.org or by contacting the FASB Order Department at 1-800-748-0659, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern time.

Public Roundtable Meetings and Comment Letters

For information about submitting written comments on documents or about public roundtable meetings, access the FASB website at www.fasb.org or contact the FASB Project Administration Department at (203) 956-5389.