AAPC Project Related to SFFAS 54, Leases: An Amendment of SFFAS 5, Accounting for Liabilities of the Federal Government and SFFAS 6, Accounting for Property, Plant, and Equipment

FASAB Contact, Monica R. Valentine, Assistant Director, valentinem@fasab.gov, 202-512-7362

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Conforming Amendments to Technical Releases for SFFAS 54, Leases: An Amendment of SFFAS 5, Accounting for Liabilities of the Federal Government and SFFAS 6, Accounting for Property, Plant, and Equipment (PDF)April 1, 2019Word Version of Questions for Respondents (Download)Comment LettersN/A — Currently Under Due Process

Project Objective

SFFAS 54, Leases: An Amendment of SFFAS 5, Accounting for Liabilities of the Federal Government and SFFAS 6, Accounting for Property, Plant, and Equipment, revises the financial reporting standards for federal lease accounting. It provides a comprehensive set of lease accounting standards to recognize federal lease activities in the reporting entity’s general purpose federal financial reports and includes appropriate disclosures for both intragovernmental and non-intragovernmental leases. SFFAS 54 was issued on April 17, 2018, and is effective for periods beginning after September 30, 2020.

SFFAS 54 amends the lease accounting standards in SFFAS 5 and 6, which were issued in 1995, and among other things, eliminates the distinction between “capital” and “operating” leases. The issuance of SFFAS 54 required the amendment of several statements and also requires the amendment of Technical Release (TR) 10 and 16. This TR is intended to eliminate references in any TRs that conflict with SFFAS 5 and 6, as amended by SFFAS 54. This proposal does not provide a complete update of the above TRs; the amendments conform the TRs to the provisions of SFFAS 54.

Specifically, this TR provides conforming amendments to the following documents:

  • TR 10, Implementation Guidance on Asbestos Cleanup Costs Associated with Facilities and Installed Equipment
  • TR 16, Implementation Guidance For Internal Use Software

HISTORY OF ACTIVITY

February 7, 2019

Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) staff presented a draft TR exposure draft that proposes amendments to TR 10 and 16. This TR would provide amendments to existing TRs to acknowledge the guidance in SFFAS 54.

This proposal would make conforming changes to terminology related to leases in TR 10 and 16. It would also clarify that reporting entities should capitalize the cost of internal use software, including software licenses, when such software meets the criteria for general property, plant, and equipment in accordance with SFFAS 10. In this case, the lease accounting concepts would no longer apply.

During the February Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee (AAPC or “the Committee”) meeting, the Committee approved the TR exposure draft (ED), Conforming Amendments to Technical Releases for SFFAS 54, Leases: An Amendment of SFFAS 5, Accounting for Liabilities of the Federal Government and SFFAS 6, Accounting for Property, Plant, and Equipment, for release. The ED was released on February 14, 2019, with comments requested by April 1, 2019.