The bulletin, entitled Recognition of Pension and Other Postemployment Benefits Expenditure/Expense and Liabilities, seeks to clarify Statement Numbers 27 (Accounting for Pensions by State and Local Governmental Employers), and 45 (Accounting and Financial Reporting by Employers for Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions). In a statement, GASB asserted that the point of the statement is to foster a common understanding and comparable application of these requirements, as well as enhance the transparency of financial reporting.
GASB is seeking comment on the proposed rule change from preparers, auditors, and users of financial statements issued by state and local governments. All comments are due by Friday, November 12, 2004.
The complete bulletin is available at www.gasb.org .