FASAB’s Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee (AAPC) issued Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Technical Release (TR) 12, Accrual Estimates for Grant Programs, guidance that the board says provides a cost-effective framework for developing reasonable estimates of accrued grant liabilities.


TR 12 applies to grants that are paid by a federal entity to nonfederal entities. It does not establish new reporting requirements.


The guidance addresses materiality considerations, risk assessment and procedures for estimating accruals for grant programs, including acceptable procedures until sufficient relevant and reliable historical data is available for new grant programs or changes to existing programs. It also provides guidance on acceptable sources of documentation for grant accrual estimates; internal controls, including monitoring of internal controls and validation of grant accrual estimates; training of grantees; and monitoring of grantee reporting.


The TR, which is available at, is effective for periods beginning after Sept. 30, 2010. Early implementation is encouraged.


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