NEWS RELEASE 06/24/10

GASB Issues Statement No. 59, Financial Instruments Omnibus

Norwalk, CT, June 24, 2010—The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) today issued Statement No. 59, Financial Instruments Omnibus. The Statement updates and improves existing standards regarding financial reporting of certain financial instruments and external investment pools. The Statement is effective for financial statements prepared by state and local governments for periods beginning after June 15, 2010, with earlier application encouraged.

“Statement 59 addresses significant practice issues that have arisen when accounting for financial instruments,” states GASB Chairman Robert H. Attmore. “By increasing the consistency of measurements and providing clarification of existing standards, this guidance will improve financial reporting in ways that benefit both users and preparers of financial reports.”

Statement 59 includes the following guidance:

  • Emphasizes the applicability of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requirements to certain external investment pools—known as 2a7-like pools—to provide users more consistent information on qualifying pools
  • Addresses the applicability of Statement No. 53, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Derivative Instruments, to certain financial instruments to clarify which financial instruments are within the scope of that pronouncement and to provide greater consistency in financial reporting
  • Applies the reporting provisions for interest-earning investment contracts of Statement No. 31, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Certain Investments and for External Investment Pools, to unallocated insurance contracts to improve the consistency of reporting by pension and OPEB plans.

GASB Statement 59 is now available for purchase at www.gasb.org.


About the Governmental Accounting Standards Board

The GASB is the independent, not-for-profit organization formed in 1984 that establishes and improves financial accounting and reporting standards for state and local governments. Its seven members are drawn from the Board’s diverse constituency, including preparers and auditors of government financial statements, users of those statements, and members of the academic community. More information about the GASB can be found at its website www.gasb.org.