GASB Issues Implementation Guide for Public Pensions

June 28, 2013 ( – The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has published an Implementation Guide for new financial reporting standards for state and local government pension plans.

By Kevin McGuinness | June 28, 2013
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The "Guide to Implementation of GASB Statement 67 on Financial Reporting for Pension Plans" is designed to assist preparers and auditors of state and local government pension plan financial reports as they implement the standards, effective for periods beginning after June 15, 2013.

Prepared by the GASB staff, the guide discusses key topics about putting the new standards into practice such as:

  • The scope and applicability of GASB Statement No. 67, Financial Reporting for Pension Plans;
  • Classification of pensions as defined benefit (DB) or defined contribution;
  • Determination of the number of pension plans that should be reported;
  • Recognition of certain transactions and other events in DB pension plan financial statements;
  • Noting disclosures and required supplementary information; and
  • The calculation of the net pension liability.

"During the development and after the issuance of Statement 67, users, preparers, and auditors of pension plan financial reports posed questions to the GASB staff regarding the application of the standards," said GASB Chairman Robert H. Attmore. "This Implementation Guide is written in a question-and-answer format and provides illustrative examples to assist stakeholders when applying the new standards for pension plan reporting."