Concepts Underlying Financial Performance

Current Status Next Steps

Statement of principles being developed.

Fourth quarter of 2017 – Statement of principles to be approved.

BACKGROUND

The conceptual framework in Sections PS 1000, Financial Statement Concepts, and PS 1100, Financial Statement Objectives, require review with a focus on measuring the financial performance of public sector entities.

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This review was identified as a high priority in the Public Sector Accounting Board’s (PSAB) 2010-2013 Strategic Plan in response to a suggestion from the senior government finance community.

This project will consider the concepts underlying the measure of financial performance. The review may result in amendments to the conceptual framework and could also affect Section PS 1201, Financial Statement Presentation.

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PROJECT NEWS & DECISION SUMMARIES

PSAB Decision Summary – March 16-17, 2017
PSAB discussed a draft recognition and measurement chapter of a statement of principles and provided feedback to its task force.

PSAB Decision Summary – December 15-16, 2016
PSAB continued its discussion on the reporting model and provided the task force with direction on a proposed reporting model to be presented in a statement of principles.

PSAB Decision Summary – September 26-27, 2016
PSAB discussed various reporting model alternatives and expects to continue the discussion at its December 2016 meeting.

PSAB Decision Summary – June 16-17, 2016
PSAB discussed the qualitative characteristics and related considerations and provided feedback to the task force.

PSAB Decision Summary – December 14-15, 2015
PSAB received a high-level summary of responses to Consultation Paper 3, “Conceptual Framework Fundamentals and the Reporting Model,” and provided feedback to the Task Force on alternatives to address a few key issues revealed in the responses.

CPA Canada Article – Setting the Foundation for Public Sector Entities: PSAB Conceptual Framework
August 20, 2015.  In this article, Clyde MacLellan, Chair of the Conceptual Framework Task Force, explains the work being done on the public sector conceptual framework.  The focus has been on getting the foundation of public sector accounting and financial reporting right.

PSAB Decision Summary – June 18-19, 2015
PSAB discussed issues related to the objectives of financial statements and provided feedback to the Conceptual Framework Task Force.

Webinar – A Conceptual Framework and Reporting Model for the Public Sector
May 21, 2015. Tune in to this webinar on June 22, 2015 (English) or June 29, 2015 (French) to learn about the third Consultation Paper issued by the Conceptual Framework Task Force.

Consultation Paper – Conceptual Framework Fundamentals and the Reporting Model
March 11, 2015. PSAB’s Conceptual Framework Task Force has issued Consultation Paper 3 that proposes a new reporting model and draft principles on public sector characteristics, financial statement objectives, qualitative characteristics, elements, recognition, measurement and presentation. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments, on the form provided, by August 31, 2015.

PSAB Decision Summary – December 15-16, 2014
PSAB reviewed a third consultation paper and provided feedback to its task force.

PSAB Decision Summary – March 20-21, 2014
PSAB provided feedback to its task force on financial statement presentation issues. The task force plans to consult stakeholders on this topic as it impacts other components of the conceptual framework. The third consultation paper is expected to be issued in the second half of 2014.

PSAB Decision Summary – December 12-13, 2013
PSAB provided feedback to the Conceptual Framework Task Force on various issues.

PSAB Decision Summary – September 23-24, 2013
PSAB considered and discussed the proposed definitions of the elements of financial statements and provided feedback to the Conceptual Framework Task Force.

PSAB Decision Summary – June 12-13, 2013
PSAB received a detailed analysis of responses to its task force’s Consultation Paper 2, “Measuring Financial Performance in Public Sector Financial Statements,” and an update on the next steps of the project.

PSAB Decision Summary – March 21-22, 2013
PSAB received a presentation on the conceptual framework of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, which establishes accounting and financial reporting standards for U.S. state and local governments.

PSAB Decision Summary – December 13-14, 2012
PSAB received a report on the outreach and consultation activities undertaken and feedback received regarding its task force’s Consultation Paper 2, “Measuring Financial Performance in Public Sector Financial Statements,” since its September 2012 PSAB meeting. Consultation with more stakeholder groups will continue in 2013.

Webcast – Consultation Paper 2 – Measuring Financial Performance
October 23, 2012. PSAB’s Conceptual Framework Task Force is in the process of reviewing the concepts underlying financial performance in the conceptual framework set out in the PSA Handbook.  Watch this webcast for a review of Consultation Paper 2, how the paper’s conclusions were reached, and the next steps.

Consultation Paper – Measuring Financial Performance in Public Sector Financial Statements 
October 11, 2012. PSAB’s Conceptual Framework Task Force has issued Consultation Paper 2 that proposes an objective and primary audience for financial reporting, the accountabilities to be reported on in financial statements, and alternative reporting models to demonstrate them. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments, on the form provided, by January 31, 2013.

PSAB Decision Summary – September 20-21, 2012
PSAB discussed the final draft of its task force’s Consultation Paper 2, “Measuring Financial Performance in Public Sector Financial Statements.” It was requested that a representative of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board attend a subsequent PSAB meeting to discuss the United States’ position.  

The Board also received an update on the next steps of the project, including posting the Consultation Paper on the PSAB website in October 2012 with related webcast, and other planned outreach and consultation activities prior to the end of the comment period on January 31, 2013.

PSAB Decision Summary – June 26-27, 2012
PSAB received a presentation on the proposed content of a second consultation paper and provided feedback for the task force’s consideration. The consultation paper will address:

  • key characteristics of public sector entities, revised in accordance with responses received on Consultation Paper 1;
  • the objective and context of public sector financial reporting;
  • to whom public sector entities are accountable and what they are accountable for; and
  • alternative models of measuring financial performance to meet identified accountabilities.

PSAB Decision Summary – March 21-23, 2012
At its December 2011 meeting, PSAB reviewed a proposed timeline indicating a completion date of September 2016. PSAB expressed a desire to proceed with this project in a more timely manner. At this meeting, PSAB considered and supported a revised approach and timeline.

The revised approach focuses on two primary issues: the characteristics of public sector entities, which were addressed in Consultation Paper 1; and the measure of financial performance, which will be addressed in Consultation Paper 2. The project is expected to be completed by September 2015.

PSAB Decision Summary – December 15-16, 2011
PSAB received a presentation regarding the Task Force’s Consultation Paper 1 detailing the 24 responses received, the Task Force’s consideration of the issues raised and the proposed disposition. The Task Force noted that an issues analysis, responding to the major issues raised, will accompany a second Consultation Paper.

PSAB provided feedback to the Task Force on next steps in the project. A revision to the timeline is proposed to accommodate additional issues raised in the responses. PSAB encouraged the Task Force to consider other methods of consulting with constituents as well as ways to shorten the proposed timeline, while recognizing that a conceptual framework project is a significant undertaking.

PSAB Decision Summary – September 29-30, 2011
PSAB received a presentation on the Conceptual Framework Task Force’s Consultation Paper 1, issued in August 2011. The Board discussed the proposed characteristics of public sector entities and provided some feedback to be taken back to the Task Force.

PSAB Decision Summary – June 23-24, 2011
PSAB received an update on the progress of the project to date, including a project overview and proposed timetable for the project as well as preliminary views taken by the task force. The Board indicated its support for each of these aspects of the project.

Next steps include issuing an initial task force document for use in consultations with stakeholders (deputy ministers of finance, comptrollers general, legislative auditors, local governments and government organizations and their auditors) over the summer and fall of 2011.  Consultations on a second task force document are planned for the second quarter of 2012.  The intent of these upfront consultations is for the task force to garner input from the community on the building blocks first, such as the characteristics of public sector entities and any unique accounting or reporting implications of those characteristics, before it drafts a document for PSAB approval for public comment.  

PSAB Decision Summary – December 9-10, 2010
PSAB approved a project to review the concepts underlying financial performance in its conceptual framework.  The Board confirmed that this project is its most important project in terms of significance and potential effect, the extent of resources allocated to it, and the time PSAB anticipates devoting to research, discussion and analysis. Nominations for task force members are now under consideration.

As part of this review, the issues raised and the recommendations made by the Deputy Ministers of the Joint Working Group will need to be considered. In addition, the project will consider the work of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board on its conceptual framework project and its applicability the Canadian public sector.  

 

Disclaimer: This project summary has been prepared for information purposes only. Decisions reported are tentative and reflect only the current status of discussions on this project, which may change after further Board deliberations. Decisions to publish Handbook material are final only after a formal ballot process.