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Stakeholder Comments on Mid-Period Work Program Consultation Sought by November 30, 2021

(New York, July 29, 2021)

In its Strategy and Work Plan 2019-2023 (the Strategy) the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board® (IPSASB®) committed to hold a public consultation mid-way through the Strategy period on projects that should be added to the Work Program during the remainder of the period, as existing projects were completed. Accordingly, the IPSASB has today released its Mid-Period Work Program Consultation (Consultation).

Within the context of continuing to deliver the Strategy, the Consultation prioritizes projects to be added to the Work Program as the Board and staff resources become available during 2022 and 2023. In view of the resources likely to become available, the Consultation proposes adding two major projects:

  • Presentation of Financial Statements; and 
  • Differential Reporting.
The Consultation also proposes to add up to four smaller scope projects:

  • IPSAS 21, Impairment of Non-Cash-Generating Assets
  • IPSAS 31, Intangible Assets
  • IPSAS 33, First-Time Adoption of Accrual Basis IPSASs; and 
  • Making Materiality Judgements.
“Despite the major challenges of the pandemic, the Biennial Review that we have published today shows that the IPSASB has continued to deliver on its current Strategy, which itself remains relevant. As we complete our current projects the Board is proposing to add a number of new ones based on its views on the current priorities,” said IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers. “It is essential the IPSASB hears its stakeholders’ views on the proposed projects so that it can best address their needs and priorities as IPSAS usage continues to increase globally.”

How to Comment

To access the Exposure Draft, its summary At-a-Glance document, and the Request for Information or to submit a comment, visit the IPSASB website, www.ipsasb.org. Comments are requested by November 30, 2021. The IPSASB encourages IFAC members, associates, and Network Partners to promote the availability of this Consultation Paper to their members and employees.

About the IPSASB

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) works to strengthen public financial management globally through developing and maintaining accrual-based International Public Sector Accounting Standards® (IPSAS®) and other high-quality financial reporting guidance for use by governments and other public sector entities. It also raises awareness of IPSAS and the benefits of accrual adoption. The Board receives support from the Asian Development Bank, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the New Zealand External Reporting Board, and the governments of Canada and New Zealand. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IPSASB are facilitated by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please go to permissions or contact permissions@ifac.org.

About the Public Interest Committee

The governance and standard-setting activities of the IPSASB are overseen by the Public Interest Committee (PIC), to ensure that they follow due process and reflect the public interest. The PIC is comprised of individuals with expertise in public sector or financial reporting, and professional engagement in organizations that have an interest in promoting high-quality and internationally comparable financial information.

Stephanie Whited
Manager, Communications
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