Two of our prior columns critiqued the Financial Accounting Standards Board's recent preliminary views document on its new Conceptual Framework project, which, like many other FASB efforts, is a joint undertaking with the International Accounting Standards Board.Those columns examined the boards' take on financial reporting objectives and relevance, both of which are basically enhanced versions of FASB's first framework from the 1980s. While we see some improvement, we wish that the boards had pushed the envelope further and set the stage for more reformation in practice.

This column focuses on faithful representation, which occupies the place held by reliability in the original framework. The new basic definition of faithful representation is the "correspondence or agreement between the accounting measures or descriptions in financial reports and the economic phenomena they purport to represent." (Par. BC2.28)

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