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To:                  Higher Education Chief Fiscal Officers, MMARS Liaisons, and Payroll Directors
From:              Thomas G. Shack III, Comptroller
Date:               July 17, 2015
Subject:           FY2015 Higher Education Audit Guidance

Comptroller Memo FY#2015-32

Executive Summary

The purpose of this memo is to advise Institutions of Higher Education as to accounting and reporting guidance for FY2015.

This guide updates the previously issued Higher Education Guidance.  It complements the reporting requirements contained in Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 35, Basic Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis – for Public Colleges and Universities, and Statement No. 39, Determining Whether Certain Organizations Are Component Units as amended by GASB Statement No. 61, The Financial Reporting Entity: Omnibus—an amendment of GASB Statements No. 14 and No. 34.  This guide reinforces policies on required documentation with regard to the Commonwealth’s issuance of its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

For FY2015, the Commonwealth is required to implement GASB Statement No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions (an amendment of GASB Statement No. 27).  See pages 3 and 7 for further information regarding the impact this statement will have on your financial statements.

The guide contains the following attachments:

If you have any questions on the Guide or the attachments, please contact BJ Trivedi, Financial Reporting and Analysis Bureau (FRAB) Director at (617) 973-2663, or Michael Rodino, FRAB Manager at (617) 973-2304.

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