IPSASB Publishes International Public Sector Conceptual Framework Consultation Paper For Comment
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) today released for comment a consultation paper as part of its project to develop a conceptual framework for the general purpose financial reporting of public sector entities. The Conceptual Framework is the IPSASB’s key strategic objective from 2010 through 2012, and is of fundamental importance to the future of global public sector standard setting for at least the next 10 to 15 years.
The Consultation Paper, “Conceptual Framework for General Purpose Financial Reporting by Public Sector Entities: Presentation in General Purpose Financial Reports” (CF-CP4), explores concepts applicable to the presentation of information in the general purpose financial reports of public sector entities. It is not limited to the financial statements.
The Consultation Paper describes what is meant by presentation of information, and explains that presentation covers both display and disclosure. It reviews an approach to presentation of information that involves: presentation objectives based on user needs; application of the qualitative characteristics to presentation decisions; and three presentation concepts. The three presentation concepts are: select information that meets user needs, satisfies the cost-benefit test, and is sufficiently timely; locate information in a way that meets user needs; and, organize information to make important relationships clear and to support comparability.
“The Conceptual Framework provides the set of principles that underpin the IPSASB’s standard-setting activities over the long-term,” explained IPSASB Chair Andreas Bergmann. “CF-CP4 breaks new ground by considering presentation from the broader perspective of financial reporting rather than adopting a narrow focus just on the financial statements. Given the central role that the Conceptual Framework will play in the IPSASB’s future standard-setting activities, I strongly urge all stakeholders to submit comments on this Consultation Paper."
How to Comment
To access the Consultation Paper and the At-A-Glance document, which provides a summary of the Consultation Paper, or to submit a comment, please visit the IPSASB website at www.ipsasb.org. Comments on the Consultation Paper are requested by May 31, 2012. The IPSASB encourages IFAC members, associates, and regional accountancy bodies to promote the availability of this consultation paper to their members and employees.
About the IPSASB
The IPSASB develops accounting standards and guidance for use by public sector entities. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IPSASB are facilitated by IFAC. The IPSASB receives support (both direct financial and in-kind) from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations and the governments of Canada, China, New Zealand, and Switzerland.
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 167 members and associates in 127 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.