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Concepts Statements – Concepts Statement No. 5

The following text is adapted from Concepts Statement No. 5: Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reporting, Governmental Accounting Standards Board.

Summary

This Concepts Statement amendment eliminated one section and modified four sections of Concepts Statement No. 2, Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reporting. The section of Concepts Statement 2 on Developing Reporting Standards for SEA Information has been deleted. The sections of Concepts Statement 2 on Purpose and Scope, The Elements of SEA Reporting and Related Information, Limitations of SEA Performance Information, and Enhancing the Usefulness of Reported SEA Performance Information have been modified. Only these modified sections of Concepts Statement 2 are reflected in Concepts Statement 5. Conforming terminology changes were made to other sections as noted in the scope paragraph. For an entire version of the Concepts Statement, including those sections not modified, see the Codification of Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards, Appendix B, GASB Concepts Statement No. 2, Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reporting, as amended.

Purpose and Scope

The changes to the purpose and scope section include a clarification that it is beyond the scope of the GASB to establish (a) the goals and objectives of state and local governmental services, (b) specific nonfinancial measures or indicators of service performance, or (c) standards of, or benchmarks for, service performance.

The Elements of SEA Reporting and Related Information

The section on the elements of SEA performance measures separates the elements of SEA reporting from related information. Elements of SEA performance measures for reporting purposes focus on the three different types of SEA performance measures—measures of service efforts, measures of service accomplishments, and measures that relate service efforts to service accomplishments. The discussion of related information that provides a context for understanding and assessing results has been expanded to include comparisons, unintended effects, the concept of demand for services, factors that influence results, and narrative information. A discussion of the initial, intermediate, and long-term nature of outcome measures also has been added. Changes to the discussion of explanatory factors shift the focus to both external and internal factors that influence results.

Elements of SEA Reporting

Limitations of SEA Performance Information and Enhancing the Usefulness of Reported SEA Performance Information

Clarifying revisions were made to the section on the limitations of SEA performance information and to the section on the usefulness of SEA performance information.


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Concepts Statement No. 1
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Concepts Statement No. 5
Elements of SEA Reporting
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