The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued an Exposure Draft of a proposed Implementation Guide that contains questions and answers intended to clarify, explain, or elaborate on the requirements of GASB Statement No. 74, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans.
The proposed Implementation Guide provides answers to more than 150 questions about the GASB’s new standards on financial reporting for postemployment benefit plans other than pension plans (OPEB plans), and the benefits they administer (primarily retiree health care).
The Exposure Draft of Implementation Guide No. 201X-X, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans, is available on the GASB website, www.gasb.org. Stakeholders are encouraged to review and provide comments by December 19, 2016.Statement 74, approved in June 2015, replaces GASB Statement No. 43. It addresses the financial reports of defined benefit OPEB plans that are administered through trusts that meet specified criteria. The statement follows the framework for financial reporting of defined benefit OPEB plans in Statement 43 by requiring a statement of fiduciary net position and a statement of changes in fiduciary net position. The statement requires more extensive note disclosures and required supplementary information (RSI) related to the measurement of the OPEB liabilities for which assets have been accumulated, including information about the annual money-weighted rates of return on plan investments. Statement 74 also sets forth note disclosure requirements for defined contribution OPEB plans.