PwC's weekly alert highlighting current financial reporting developments (including accounting, auditing and regulatory matters). This week's topics include:
PwC comments on FASB staff paper on private company decision-making framework
PwC submitted its response letter on the FASB staff paper, Private Company Decision-Making Framework (the draft framework). We support the establishment of a framework for determining when modifications to U.S. GAAP are appropriate for private companies. A framework for making these determinations will improve the consistency, transparency, and efficiency of the standard setting process for private companies.
Generally, we believe that the draft framework identifies the appropriate matters to consider when determining whether a modification is appropriate. It identifies the significant differentiating factors that could support financial reporting differences between public and private companies. Our response letter further outlines our observations and recommendations to the board.
In brief: FASB to amend and clarify scope of balance sheet offsetting disclosures
Over the past several months, issuers and other constituents in a variety of industries have raised concerns to the FASB staff and board regarding the scope of the new balance sheet offsetting disclosures required by Accounting Standards Update 2011-11, Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities (ASU 2011-11). In response to those concerns, at its October 31 meeting the FASB decided to amend and clarify the scope of the disclosures. Specifically, it decided to limit the scope of the disclosures to only derivatives, repurchase agreements, and securities lending transactions.
The disclosures required by ASU 2011-11 are effective in Q1 2013 for calendar year-end companies. The board plans to release an exposure draft with the revised scope language in the coming weeks. In brief 2012-48 provides further information on the FASB's decision and what's next.
In brief: IFRS Foundation responds to SEC’s final report on IFRS “Work Plan”
On October 23, the IFRS Foundation (the organization that oversees the IASB) published a response (the “Foundation Staff response”) to the SEC’s final report on its IFRS Work Plan (the “SEC Staff report”) issued in July 2012. The Foundation Staff response is an assessment of the matters discussed in the SEC Staff report, including the operations of the IFRS Foundation and the IASB, the use of IFRS as global accounting standards, and issues related to incorporating IFRS into the US financial reporting system. In brief 2012-47 provides an overview of the Foundation Staff response.
FASB extends comment deadline on private company decision-making framework
The FASB announced that it has extended the deadline for commenting on the FASB staff paper, Private Company Decision-Making Framework, until November 9, 2012. The FASB decided to extend the deadline to provide private company stakeholders affected by Hurricane Sandy more time to submit their feedback.
FASB meetings and project updates
Meeting summary: The FASB met on October 31 and discussed its projects on (1) accounting for financial instruments (classification, measurement, and impairment) and (2) balance sheet offsetting (a scope clarification of ASU 2011-11). See the FASB’s website for a summary of the decisions reached at the meeting. [Also, see PwC’s In brief article above regarding the FASB’s decision to amend and clarify the scope of ASU 2011-11.]
Next open board meetings: The FASB is scheduled to meet on November 6 and 7. The board plans to discuss its projects on: (1) liquidation basis of accounting, (2) consolidation: policy and procedures, (3) going concern, (4) accounting for financial instruments: liquidity and interest rate disclosures, and (5) transfers and servicing: repurchase agreements and similar transactions. See the FASB’s website for more information on the meetings.
Project updates: The FASB has updated the following project summaries:
PCAOB Standing Advisory Group to meet on November 15-16
The PCAOB announced that it will hold a meeting of its Standing Advisory Group (SAG) on November 15-16. The SAG agenda includes a discussion of recent PCAOB developments and the board's current standard-setting activities. Additionally, the SAG will discuss:
PCAOB issues updated FAQs on broker-dealer funding rules
The PCAOB has published an updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) document that sets forth the staff's views on issues related to the implementation of the PCAOB's funding rules as they relate to brokers and dealers.
COSO publishes new ERM thought paper on risk assessment in practice
Recognizing the evolving nature of enterprise risk management (ERM) in recent years, COSO has released a new thought paper titled Risk Assessment in Practice. The paper provides the latest thinking on risk assessment approaches and techniques that have emerged as the most useful and sustainable for decision-making. It represents another in a series of papers published by COSO aimed at helping organizations move up the maturity curve in their ongoing development of a robust ERM program.
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