On my first visit to Washington, D.C., I almost missed the Jefferson Memorial because there were so many other memorials to look at. The same can be said of Financial Accounting Standards Board projects, because several projects are currently in progress. However, one project, referred to as the FASB Codification, is a "must see" because it is sure to create significant changes for anyone who researches accounting or financial reporting issues.The FASB Codification project is designed to present all of the relevant U.S. accounting and financial reporting literature in a single, authoritative, integrated offering in an online, real-time database. That is, the goal is to provide all generally accepted accounting principles in one location for financial professionals to access and use.

FASB has stated that this project will not create new GAAP, and that any conflicts identified in existing guidance will be resolved before the Codification is finalized.

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