News Release 07-31-01


GASB Issues Exposure Draft on Affiliated Organizations

Norwalk, CT, July 31, 2001—The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued a revised Exposure Draft, The Financial Reporting Entity—Affiliated Organizations, to amend Statement No.14, The Financial Reporting Entity. The GASB’s proposal is intended to provide additional guidance to determine if an affiliated organization is a component unit of a financial reporting entity. Examples of affiliated organizations may include certain foundations and other not-for-profit groups associated with colleges and universities, hospitals, school districts, museums, libraries and other governmental entities.  

GASB Project Manager Joseph C. Blythe noted that, "This revised Exposure Draft responds to the commitment made in Statement 14 to conduct additional research on organizations that, due to the nature and significance of their relationship with a primary government, should be evaluated for inclusion in the financial reporting entity."

Under the proposal, entities that are legally separate, tax-exempt organizations affiliated with a primary government and that meet each of three criteria would be discretely presented within the financial reporting entity. The three criteria are:

  • The economic resources of the separate affiliated organization entirely, or almost entirely, directly benefit the primary government, its component units, or its constituents. 
  • The primary government or its component units are entitled to, or can otherwise access, a majority of the economic resources of the separate affiliated organization. 
  • The economic resources that the specific primary government is entitled to, or can otherwise access, are significant to that primary government.  

The proposal would continue to require professional judgment to determine whether the relationship between a primary government and an organization that does not meet the proposed criteria is such that the financial reporting entity’s report would be misleading or incomplete if the organization were excluded.

The GASB has set an October 31, 2001, deadline for receipt of written comments on the proposal. The Board also has scheduled two public hearings on October 29 in Phoenix and November 2 in New York City. More information about the hearing may be found in the Exposure Draft. A single copy of the Exposure Draft may be obtained free of charge by contacting the GASB’s Order Department at (800) 748-0659.

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