News Release 04/04/14


Norwalk, CT, April 4, 2014—The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) today announced the release of a version of the GASB Governmental Accounting Research System® that has been designed for use on tablet devices.

The new GARS “mobile” version includes all of the content and most of the features of the full GARS Online site, but offers a streamlined interface, especially suited to the tablet format.

GARS Online contains authoritative generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) recognized by the GASB to be applied by state and local governmental entities. Its content includes the GASB Codification, Original Pronouncements, and Implementation Guides.

GARS Online subscribers can access the new tablet version through iOS (iPad) and Android-based devices at After user login, the system will automatically recognize the user’s device and display the optimized view. The tablet version is available for both Professional and Basic Views.

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Upon accessing the tablet version, on-screen pop-up instructions guide the user to add a link icon (bookmark) to the device’s home screen. Additional detail is available in the Help section of the GARS “mobile” version.

The FAF announced the availability of a tablet version of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s FASB Accounting Standards Codification® (FASB Codification) in January.

About the Financial Accounting Foundation

The FAF is responsible for the oversight, administration, and finances of both the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and its counterpart for state and local government, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The Foundation is also responsible for selecting the members of both Boards and their respective Advisory Councils.

About the Governmental Accounting Standards Board

The GASB is the independent, not-for-profit organization formed in 1984 that establishes and improves financial accounting and reporting standards for state and local governments. Its seven members are drawn from the Board’s diverse constituency, including preparers and auditors of government financial statements, users of those statements, and members of the academic community. More information about the GASB can be found at its website,