This issue of the Advisory describes in brief the principal accounting changes resulting from GASB 68, and considers how official statement disclosure may be impacted.
The accounting standards that apply to financial reporting for governmental pension plans (pension systems) and for the governments that sponsor such pension plans have been significantly revised. Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Statement No. 68, “Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions,” (“GASB 68”) became effective for governments for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2014. As a result, for those governments that maintain a July 1 – June 30 fiscal year, GASB 68 will apply to the financial statements for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). Such financial statements are now being finalized and audited for many of our governmental clients.
Also of Interest
- Municipal Market Regulatory Update
This Hawkins Advisory describes the proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 and provides a summary and analysis of SEC municipal enforcement actions over the last year.
- Hawkins Assists City and County of San Francisco with Financing of 55-Story Residential Building
In December 2016, Hawkins served as disclosure counsel to the City and County of San Francisco in connection with its issuance of $240 million Variable Rate Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Transbay Block 8 Tower) issued on behalf of an affiliate of the developer, Related Companies. The bonds will finance a portion of the cost of a new $600 million 55-story tower and surrounding buildings in downtown San Francisco.
- MCDC Settlements with Issuers
Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) entered into cease‐and‐desist settlement orders with 71 municipal issuers and obligated persons, across 45 states, that had self‐reported pursuant to the SEC’s Division of Enforcement’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative.
- MSRB Rule G-42
On December 23, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued an order approving the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (the “MSRB”) new Rule G‐42, on duties of non‐solicitor municipal advisors, and related amendments to its Rule G‐8, on books and records.