By Jason Bramwell
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) launched an updated website on September 30 that features more user-friendly navigation and "plain English" resources that provide information on accounting and financial reporting issues for state and local governments.
Designed to be the primary source of news and information about the GASB and its activities, the website includes videos and other new content intended for a wide range of users, including those who are unfamiliar with the GASB and its work.
For example, the inaugural video features GASB Chairman David Vaudt discussing implementation issues related to the new GASB pension accounting and financial reporting standards.
The website also has a more intuitive web platform that makes it easier for users to find the latest updates on projects and initiatives, such as GASB's new pension standards, due process documents currently out for comment, and the new online Governmental Accounting Research System.
Furthermore, the website features an interactive digital time line that tells the story of the GASB; its sister organization, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB); and the parent organization, the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) – all through photos, videos, and quotes from the past forty years.
"The new GASB website allows visitors to easily find what they need to know about the board and the role it has in establishing accounting and financial reporting standards", Vaudt said in a written statement. "The site was designed to help stakeholders broaden their knowledge and expertise, and to weigh in on the GASB's standards-setting activities."
The GASB website redesign follows the launch of new websites for the FASB this past April and the FAF in July. The FAF also announced new branding and logos for all three organizations in April.
The new GASB website was designed by Ball & Chain LLC in Stamford, Connecticut.