GASB 34 Definition

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GASB 34 is Government Accounting Standards Board Statement 34. GASB 34 provides the broadest changes in government accounting practices since the inception of Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) for governmental agencies dating back to the 1930s. The principal change that GASB 34 requires of government entities is the reporting of the value of capital assets on Consolidated Annual Financial Reports (CAFR).

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VEST / VESTING / VESTED, in law, is to give a secured right of present or future award. An entity has a vested right to an asset that cannot be taken away by a third party, even if physical possession of the asset has not yet been realized.

ORDER OF PERMANENCE is where fixed assets are entered in the balance sheet in descending order of permanence (i.e. land first, then buildings, then equipment ...).

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