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Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

The FASB is a private, not-for-profit, independent organization whose primary purpose is to develop generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for publicly held companies within the United States. The SEC, which has legal authority to establish financial accounting and reporting standards for publicly held companies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, designated the FASB as the organization responsible for setting such standards for public companies. The FASB is subject to oversight by the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), which selects the members of the FASB and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The FASB issued FASB Statement of Position (FSP) AAG INV-1. (See also book value accounting.)

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