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IPSASB Publishes 2015-2016 Biennial Review, Sustaining the Momentum

Apr 24, 2017 | English

The 2015-2016 Biennial Review: Sustaining the Momentum summarizes the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB)’s achievements, challenges, and key developments in 2015 and 2016.

One of the major milestones during this period was the establishment of a new single-layer governance and advisory framework—the Public Interest Committee (PIC)* and Consultative Advisory Group (CAG)**—a landmark achievement for the IPSASB and its global stakeholders.

2015 and 2016 also saw IPSASB members sustain an ambitious stakeholder outreach program in support of one of the strands of the Board’s strategic objective—raising awareness of IPSAS and their benefits. The Public Sector Standard Setters Forum in particular elevated IPSASB’s outreach.

The Forum, jointly held in March 2016 by the IPSASB and the US Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), was the first-ever global event for public sector standard setters and involved more than 70 participants from more than 30 countries and 22 organizations with standard-setting responsibilities, including ministries of finance with standard-setting responsibilities. The event created an environment to build a dialogue, exchange ideas, and discuss critical issues in standard setting.

This period also included substantial progress on the IPSASB’s work plan, including completion of eight new or replacement IPSAS and a number of limited scope projects.

Key continuing projects on which substantial progress was made include:

  • Social benefits;
  • Revenue and Non-Exchange Expenses;
  • Heritage;
  • Financial Instruments (both core standards and public sector specific); and
  • Leases.

The Biennial Review provides detail on completed and ongoing projects.

In the Review’s introduction, IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers highlights the importance of the IPSASB’s Strategy and Work Plan and the Conceptual Framework in shaping the IPSASB’s activities. The IPSASB’s Strategy for 2015 Forward: Leading through Change was the first full IPSASB strategy on which there was public consultation. The Conceptual Framework, published in October 2014, guides the IPSASB’s standard-setting approach.

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) facilitates the work of the IPSASB and includes IPSASB’s financial results within IFAC’s 2016 Financial Statements.


* The Public Interest Committee provides assurance that the IPSASB’s standard-setting activities are in the public interest.

** The Consultative Advisory Group is an integral part of the IPSASB's formal consultation process and provides advice on all aspects of IPSASB’s standard-setting activities, including IPSASB’s strategy, work plan, and projects, with a particular focus on implementation.