The Differences and Similarties Between the Gasb and the Fasb

752 Words Oct 30th, 2010 4 Pages
Government and Non-Profit

Today we will explore the exciting world of the GASB and the FASB. Two of the most exciting boards in the accounting world today. We will compare and contrast each of the boards to get a more in-depth look into how each of the boards operate. We will go thru their mission statements in order to get a sense of how they operate and what are their overall goals. Let’s get started!

The FASB mission statement states, “that it is to establish and improve standards of financial accounting and reporting that foster financial reporting by nongovernmental entities and provides decision-useful information to investors and other users of financial reports. That mission is accomplished through a comprehensive
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A major comparison is that both the FASB and the GASB both report to the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Board of Trustees ”(gasb.com).

The FASB works by their Rules of Procedure which describe the operating procedures. The Rules of procedure incorporate the FASB mission, and how the mission is accomplished, how they will hold their meetings and the overall workings of the FASB. The GASB also have their own Rules of Procedure which are set forth procedures in which they use to improve the standards of the financial accounting and reporting. The Rules of Procedure are another way in which the GASB and the FASB are very similar. They both use their mission statements as the basis for their Rules of Procedure. With their Rules of Procedure they implement how the mission statement tasks will be accomplished with the help of chairman and the officers. In both the FASB and the GASB they state in the Rules of Procedure they state the protocol for meetings and the voting requirements. The rules of procedure also state” Rules governing public announcements and the kinds of information made broadly available to the public ” (fasb.org).

Both the FASB and the GASB have a lot of similarities and a few contrasts. One similarity being to establish standards in accounting and financial reporting. One of the big contrast is that the FASB is non-governmental entities and the GASB is

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