Imagine that your county has adopted/updated a capital asset and/or personnel  policy, capitalized all county-owned assets and infrastructure, and compiled all the  reports needed for the preparation of government-wide financial statements. You  also have prepared accurate backup documentation for all capitalized assets, leave  liabilities, and other applicable GASB Statement 34 requirements.

 
Your auditors complete the county’s audit and inform you that the county has  complied with GASB Statement 34 reporting requirements. Congratulations! You  have successfully complied with the one of the most significant governmental  accounting pronouncements ever. However, the job is not entirely done.

The county constantly will be acquiring and disposing of assets. Depreciation reports  and employee leave liabilities change each year, and more debt will be issued in future years. These changes will have to be tracked and recorded on financial  reports. While in most counties this maintenance of the accounting records will not  be a large task, neglect of these duties could cause a county that already has  complied with GASB Statement 34 to become noncompliant. This noncompliance  would be due to the inability to prepare accurate financial statements because of a lack of updated financial information.

The GASB has continued to issue new accounting statements. Many of these newer statements require the  recognition of liabilities on the government-wide financial statements that are  prepared under Statement 34. Without the preparation of government-wide  financial statements, a county will be unable to comply with numerous current and  upcoming accounting requirements. With this in mind, county management should  strive to ensure that adequate resources are used to maintain the integrity of the  financial reporting system in which they have invested so much already.