No, Lady Gaga* is not becoming their new spokesperson, but as evidenced by some of the most recent headlines on FASB's website, and as reflected in some of the most recent news items on FEI's website, FASB is going 'gaga' for input on upcoming standards that will impact public and private companies, as well as input on the standard-setting process for private companies.
Technically, the request for input on the latter item was issued by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Standard-Setting for Private Companies, established this year by the Financial Accounting Foundation or FAF (which oversees FASB), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
Daryl Buck, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Reasor's Holding Company, Inc. and chair of FEI's Committee on Private Company Standards (CPC-S), serves as a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel. FEI's CPC-S is currently considering providing comments to the Blue Ribbon Panel.
For further info, see the Blue Ribbon Panel's Questions for Submissions, and Responses received so far. The comment deadline is September 15; see also the most recent edition of FASB in Focus, issued last week, which provides a summer/fall 2010 roundup on the Blue Ribbon Panel. *** Additionally, earlier today (Mon. Sept. 13), FASB announced a series of roundtables for input on private company accounting.
Roundtables on Financial Instruments; Input Sought on Leasing Standards, More
Separately, FASB announced on September 10 that it will be holding a series of roundtables on its proposed financial instruments and derivatives accounting standards, and other proposed standards. Additionally, the IASB and FASB are seeking input relating to their joint leasing project. Read more here.
* article about Lady Gaga linked above from Boston Herald, for further background, see also NYT and WSJ Speakeasy blog . As noted by one AP writer, (published in Winnipeg Free Press) Lady Gaga 'swept' last night's MTV Video Music Awards, winning a record 8 awards.