The Securities and Exchange Commission Statement of Policy reaffirming the status of the Financial Accounting Standards Board as a designated private-sector standard-setter (Release Nos. 33-8221; 34-47743; IC-26028; FR-70) recognizes FASB’s financial accounting and reporting standards as “generally accepted” accounting principles for purposes of the federal securities laws.As a result, registrants are required to comply with those standards in preparing financial statements filed with the commission, unless the commission directs otherwise. The SEC has emphasized the responsibility of FASB to consider international convergence, principles-based standards, timeliness, and cost-benefit issues in pursuit of high-quality accounting standards, as appropriate in the public interest and for the protection of investors. Official positions of FASB are determined only after extensive due process and deliberations.

Increasingly, the SEC appears to be “directing otherwise.”

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