News Release 09/26/16


Norwalk, CT, September 26, 2016—The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has proposed guidance to address a diverse set of accounting and financial reporting issues identified during the implementation and application of certain GASB pronouncements.

The issues covered by the Exposure Draft, Omnibus 201X, include:
  • Blending a component unit in circumstances in which the primary government is a business-type activity currently reporting a single column for financial statement presentation
  • Reporting goodwill and “negative” goodwill
  • Classifying real estate held for both operations and investment purposes by insurance entities
  • Measuring certain money market investments and participating interest-earning investment contracts at amortized cost
  • Timing of the measurement of pension and other postemployment benefits (OPEB) liabilities and related expenditures recognized in financial statements prepared using the current financial resources measurement focus
  • Recognizing on-behalf payments for pensions or OPEB in employer financial statements
  • Presenting payroll-related measures in required supplementary information for purposes of reporting by OPEB plans and employers that provide OPEB
  • Classifying employer-paid member contributions for OPEB
  • Accounting for and reporting OPEB provided through certain multiple-employer defined benefit OPEB plans, and
  • Simplifications related to the alternative measurement method for OPEB.
The Exposure Draft is available on the GASB website, Stakeholders are encouraged to review and provide comments by November 23, 2016.

About the Governmental Accounting Standards Board

Established in 1984, the GASB is the independent, private-sector organization based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that establishes accounting and financial reporting standards for U.S. state and local governments that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These standards are recognized as authoritative by state and local governments, state Boards of Accountancy, and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The GASB develops and issues accounting standards through a transparent and inclusive process intended to promote financial reporting that provides useful information to taxpayers, public officials, investors, and others who use financial reports. The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) supports and oversees the GASB. For more information, visit