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To:                   Higher Education Chief Fiscal Officers, MMARS Liaisons, and Payroll Directors

From:              Thomas G. Shack III, Comptroller

Date:                July 13, 2016

Subject:           FY2016 Higher Education Audit Guidance

Comptroller Memo FY#2016-29

Executive Summary

The purpose of this memo is to advise Institutions of Higher Education as to accounting and reporting guidance for FY2016.

This guide 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).

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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