Project Update

Conceptual Framework

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Last updated on May 15, 2017. Please refer to the Current Technical Plan for information about the expected release dates of exposure documents and final standards.

(Updated sections are indicated with an asterisk *)

The staff has prepared this summary of Board decisions for information purposes only. Those Board decisions are tentative and do not change current accounting. Official positions of the FASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.

*Overview
Project Objective
*Decisions Reached at the Last Board Meeting
*Tentative Board Decisions Reached to Date
*Next Steps
*Due Process Documents
*Board/Other Public Meeting Dates
Background Information
Contact Information

*OVERVIEW

This page contains information pertinent to the overall conceptual framework project. For specific details about each topic, please refer to the links below:
Elements
Measurement
Presentation
Disclosure

PROJECT OBJECTIVE

The objective of the conceptual framework project is to develop an improved conceptual framework that provides a sound foundation for developing future accounting standards. Such a framework is essential to fulfilling the Board’s goal of developing standards that are principles based, internally consistent, and that lead to financial reporting that provides the information capital providers need to make decisions in their capacity as capital providers. The new FASB framework will build on the existing framework.

*DECISIONS REACHED AT THE LAST MEETING (MAY 3, 2017)

May 3, 2017

The Board discussed various issues on the project and decided to:
  1. Retain the objective of financial reporting as presently described in FASB Concepts Statement No. 8, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting—Chapter 1, The Objective of General Purpose Financial Reporting
  2. Continue to work simultaneously on the measurement and presentation phases of the conceptual framework project
  3. Add to its technical agenda a project on elements of financial statements defined in FASB Concepts Statement No. 6, Elements of Financial Statements.
The Board also discussed feedback received from comment letters on the proposed FASB Concepts Statement No. 8, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting—Chapter 7, Presentation.

*Tentative Board Decisions Reached to Date (As Of May 3, 2017)

May 3, 2017

See Decisions Reached at Last Meeting.

June 18, 2014


The Board discussed whether and how to proceed with the conceptual framework project and decided to begin with presentation and measurement followed by the liability-equity distinction.

The Board also discussed how to proceed with developing concepts related to measurement, including:
  1. Agreeing on the meanings of key terms and what the objectives and qualitative characteristics imply for measurement
  2. Identifying appropriate types of measurements
  3. Determining which measurements to use in specific circumstances.

*Next Steps

Please refer to the measurement, presentation, disclosure, and elements project pages for next steps related to each of those topics.

*Due Process Documents

Please refer to the measurement, presentation, disclosure, and elements project pages for due process documents issued related to each of those topics.

*BOARD/OTHER PUBLIC MEETING Dates

The FASB meeting minutes are provided for the information and convenience of constituents who want to follow the Boards’ deliberations. All of the conclusions reported are tentative and may be changed at future Board meetings. Decisions become final only after a formal written ballot to issue a final Accounting Standards Update.

May 3, 2017 Board Meeting—The Board discussed the overall project and added to its technical agenda a project on elements. The Board also discussed feedback received from comment letters on proposed Chapter 7, Presentation, to FASB Concepts Statement No. 8, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting.
June 18, 2014 Board Meeting—The Board discussed how to proceed with the conceptual framework project

Please refer to the measurement, presentation, disclosure, and elements project pages for current Board meeting minutes related to each of those topics within the broader conceptual framework project.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

In October 2004, the FASB and the IASB added to their agendas a joint project to develop an improved, common conceptual framework that builds on their existing frameworks (that is, the IASB’s Framework for the Preparation and Presentation of Financial Statements and the FASB’s Concepts Statements).

In 2010, the FASB and the IASB issued two chapters of a revised conceptual framework. For the FASB, they were issued as a part of FASB Concepts Statement No. 8, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting. These chapters became effective as soon as they were issued and now form part of the FASB’s existing Conceptual Framework.
  1. Chapter 1, The Objective of General Purpose Financial Reporting
  2. Chapter 3, Qualitative Characteristics of Useful Financial Information
In addition to finalizing those chapters, the FASB and IASB also did the following:
  1. In 2008, issued Preliminary Views, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting: The Reporting Entity, and in 2010, issued a proposed Concepts Statement, Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting: The Reporting Entity
  2. Discussed the definition of the elements of financial statements
  3. Discussed and held public roundtable meetings about measurement concepts.
In 2010, the IASB and the FASB suspended work on the joint conceptual framework to concentrate on other projects on their agendas. The Boards did not complete deliberations for the elements and recognition project and the reporting entity project.

On January 29, 2014, the FASB Chairman, in consultation with the other Board members, decided that the FASB would perform research on the conceptual framework project. This project is no longer being conducted with the IASB.

CONTACT INFORMATION

See topic pages for contact information.