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VSCPA A&A Committee Supports GASB's Proposal on Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans

 

VSCPA A&A Committee Supports GASB's Proposal on Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans

August 28, 2014

Director of Research and Technical Activities
Project No. 34-1P
Governmental Accounting Standards Board
401 Merritt 7, PO Box 5116
Norwalk, CT 06856-5116

Submitted via email to [email protected]

Re: Financial Reporting for Postemployment Benefit Plans Other Than Pension Plans (Project No. 34-1P)

Dear Director of Research and Technical Activities:

The Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) Accounting and Auditing Advisory Committee has reviewed the above proposed Exposure Draft (ED) issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The VSCPA is a leading professional association dedicated to enhancing the success of all CPAs and their profession by communicating information and vision, promoting professionalism and advocating members’ interests. VSCPA membership consists of more than 11,000 individual members who actively work in public accounting, private industry, government and education. We appreciate the work the Board has undertaken on this effort and the opportunity to respond to the ED.

Overall, we agree with the requirements of the ED. We support GASB’s efforts to improve the usefulness of information about postemployment benefits other than pensions (OPEB) included in financial reports of state and local governmental OPEB plans for making decisions and assessing accountability. We believe the proposed statement will improve the usefulness of information for decision making purposes by better reflecting the concept of interperiod equity and creating additional transparency regarding the measurement of the net OPEB liability. In addition, the proposed statement will bring governmental accounting for OPEB plans in line with the existing standards for pension plans.

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Again, the VSCPA appreciates the opportunity to respond to this ED. Please direct any questions or concerns to VSCPA Government Affairs Director Emily Walker at [email protected] or (804) 612-9428.

Sincerely,

Charles M. Valadez, CPA, CGMA, CITP
Chair
2014–15 VSCPA Accounting & Auditing Advisory Committee
Charles Valadez, CPA — Chair
Joshua Keene, CPA — Vice Chair
Michael Cahill, CPA
Mitchell Hartson Jr., CPA
Staci Henshaw, CPA
James Nesbitt, CPA
Brent Simer, CPA

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