Summary - Statement No. 92

Summaries / Status

Summary of Statement No. 92
Omnibus 2020

(Issued 01/20)


The objectives of this Statement are to enhance comparability in accounting and financial reporting and to improve the consistency of authoritative literature by addressing practice issues that have been identified during implementation and application of certain GASB Statements. This Statement addresses a variety of topics and includes specific provisions about the following:
  • The effective date of Statement No. 87, Leases, and Implementation Guide No. 2019-3, Leases, for interim financial reports
  • Reporting of intra-entity transfers of assets between a primary government employer and a component unit defined benefit pension plan or defined benefit other postemployment benefit (OPEB) plan
  • The applicability of Statements No. 73, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions and Related Assets That Are Not within the Scope of GASB Statement 68, and Amendments to Certain Provisions of GASB Statements 67 and 68, as amended, and No. 74, Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans, as amended, to reporting assets accumulated for postemployment benefits
  • The applicability of certain requirements of Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities, to postemployment benefit arrangements
  • Measurement of liabilities (and assets, if any) related to asset retirement obligations (AROs) in a government acquisition
  • Reporting by public entity risk pools for amounts that are recoverable from reinsurers or excess insurers
  • Reference to nonrecurring fair value measurements of assets or liabilities in authoritative literature
  • Terminology used to refer to derivative instruments.  

Effective Date


The requirements of this Statement are effective as follows:
  • The requirements related to the effective date of Statement 87 and Implementation Guide 2019-3, reinsurance recoveries, and terminology used to refer to derivative instruments are effective upon issuance.
  • The requirements related to intra-entity transfers of assets and those related to the applicability of Statements 73 and 74 are effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2020.
  • The requirements related to application of Statement 84 to postemployment benefit arrangements and those related to nonrecurring fair value measurements of assets or liabilities are effective for reporting periods beginning after June 15, 2020.
  • The requirements related to the measurement of liabilities (and assets, if any) associated with AROs in a government acquisition are effective for government acquisitions occurring in reporting periods beginning after June 15, 2020.
Earlier application is encouraged and is permitted by topic.
 

How the Changes in This Statement Will Improve Financial Reporting


The requirements of this Statement will enhance comparability in the application of accounting and financial reporting requirements and will improve the consistency of authoritative literature. More comparable reporting will improve the usefulness of information for users of state and local government financial statements.
 

How the Board Considered Costs and Benefits in the Development of This Statement


One of the principles guiding the Board’s setting of standards for accounting and financial reporting is the assessment of the expected benefits and perceived costs. The Board strives to determine that its standards address significant user needs and that the costs incurred through the application of its standards, compared with possible alternatives, are justified when compared to the expected overall public benefit. The Board believes that the expected benefits that will result from the information provided through implementation of this Statement—greater comparability in the reporting of information about the topics addressed in this Statement and improved consistency of authoritative literature—are significant and justify the perceived costs of implementation and ongoing compliance.

 


Unless otherwise specified, pronouncements of the GASB apply to financial reports of all state and local governmental entities, including general purpose governments; public benefit corporations and authorities; public employee retirement systems; and public utilities, hospitals and other healthcare providers, and colleges and universities. Paragraph 2 discusses the applicability of this Statement.