Governmental Accounting Standards Board - GASB


The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) was organized in 1984 by the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) to establish standards of financial accounting and reporting for state and local governmental entities. Its standards guide the preparation of external financial reports of those entities. The Foundation is responsible for selecting the members of the GASB and its Advisory Council, funding their activities, and exercising general oversight (except with regard to the GASB's resolution of technical issues).

The GASB's function is important because external financial reporting can demonstrate financial accountability to the public and is the basis for investment, credit, and many legislative and regulatory decisions.


The mission of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is to establish and improve standards of state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting that will result in useful information for users of financial reports and guide and educate the public, including issuers, auditors, and users of those financial reports.

Page last modified: Oct. 23, 2015