FASB Issues Statement Expressing Strong Support for SEC Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting

Norwalk, CT, June 27, 2007—FASB Chairman Robert Herz today applauded the SEC and its Chairman Christopher Cox on establishing an advisory committee to explore ways to improve financial reporting by reducing the complexity and increasing the usefulness of reported financial information.

The advisory panel was announced today by Chairman Cox at a press conference which included participation by Chairman Herz and Mark Olson, chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

The committee will be chaired by Robert Pozen, chairman of MFS Investments, and will include senior representatives of various constituencies in the financial reporting system.

In expressing his strong support for this effort, Chairman Herz said, "The SEC, PCAOB, and FASB have been discussing the need for an advisory panel to explore issues and opportunities to improve financial reporting for some time. Therefore, I am very pleased with the formation of this committee and applaud Chairman Cox for bringing it together. This advisory committee represents an important step toward addressing the institutional, structural, cultural, and behavioral issues that create complexity, reduce transparency, and impede usefulness of reported information to investors."

Chairman Herz also commented on Robert Pozen’s appointment as Advisory Committee chairman. "Bob Pozen has a distinguished record within both the investment community and in public service and is an excellent choice to chair this important committee. We look forward to working with Bob, the SEC, PCAOB, and other parties to find ways to reduce complexity and improve the usefulness of reported financial information to investors and our capital markets."

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