An independent report commissioned and released publicly by FAF reviewed GASB’s activities as the standard setter for state and local governments. FAF is GASB’s parent organization.

The report advised FAF and GASB to consider:

  • Developing a plan to work toward improving the timeliness with which GAAP financial reports are issued.
  • Exploring the meanings and dimensions of accountability in practice and the conceptual framework, with an emphasis on research from public administration.
  • Analyzing the potential for expanding due process.
  • Clarifying the desired policymaking strategy with regard to being proactive or reactive as well as narrow or broad.

The full report is available at


News quiz: College debt, stolen identities, and retirement planning

See how much you know about these developments and others in the Journal of Accountancy news quiz.


Preventing and detecting fraud at not-for-profits

Organizations in all industries must deal with the potential for fraud to occur, and design controls to prevent and detect it. Environment, policies, and controls can help organizations steer clear of problems.


The dangers of dabbling

To meet evolving marketplace needs, CPAs often look to diversify their service offerings. Firms can mitigate the risk of experiencing competency-related professional liability claims by implementing these basic steps.