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GAO – GAO Publishes Professional Standards Update

Summary - The GAO has published Professional Standard Update (PSU) No. 76 which discusses changes in professional standards. The purpose of these updates is to “highlight the issuance and some key points of recent standards. PSUs do not contain a complete summary of the standards. Those affected by a new standard should refer to that standard for details. This PSU highlights the effective dates of selected standards reported previously that are expected to affect auditors at the time of or shortly after issuance of the most recent update.”

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GASB Standards – GASB Publishes New Statement No. 92: Omnibus 2020

Summary - The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued new Statement No. 92, Omnibus 2020. Statement 92 includes guidance addressing various accounting and financial reporting issues identified during the implementation and application of certain GASB pronouncements.

Omnibus 2020
The issues covered by GASB Statement No. 92, Omnibus 2020, include:

  • Modification of the effective date of Statement No. 87, Leases, as well as associated implementation guidance, to fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, to address concerns regarding interim financial reports;
  • Reporting intra-entity transfers of assets between a primary government employer and a component unit defined benefit pension plan or defined benefit other postemployment benefit (OPEB) plan;
  • The applicability of Statement No. 73, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions and Related Assets That Are Not within the Scope of GASB Statement 68, and Amendments to Certain Provisions of GASB Statements 67 and 68, as amended, and Statement No. 74, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans, as amended, to reporting assets accumulated for pensions and OPEB;
  • The applicability of certain requirements of Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities, to pension and OPEB arrangements; and
  • Measurement of liabilities and assets, if any, related to asset retirement obligations in a government acquisition.

Effective Dates:
The effective dates of the amendments made by Statement 92 vary, as follows:

  • The requirements of Statement 92 that relate to the effective date of Statement 87 and its associated implementation guidance are effective upon issuance.
  • The provisions related to the application of Statement 84 are effective for periods beginning after June 15, 2020.
  • The amendments related to intra-entity transfers of assets and applicability of Statements 73 and 74 are effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2020.
  • The remaining requirements related to asset retirement obligations are effective for government acquisitions occurring in reporting periods beginning after June 15, 2020.

Earlier application is encouraged and is permitted by topic.

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