A sophisticated crop of measurement tools could take the guesswork out of human-resources management.
The first phase of FASB's project on pension accounting is intended primarily to improve and simplify financial reporting.
The board votes to hold off on a proposal to change how companies display comprehensive income in their annual financial statements.
The board continues its work on this long-running project by clarifying the identification and measurement of performance obligations.
The IRS wants to usher in the era of E-filing, but going paperless won't be easy.
A growing number of Wall Street firms are expected to require analysts to consider the cost of stock options in the earnings estimates of companies they follow, even though corporate managers might prefer that they use pro forma numbers.
''It's getting to the point where we're almost talking about earnings before costs," according to one observer.
FASB's advisory group also cites pension accounting, a ''conceptual framework,'' financial performance reporting, and lease accounting.
Spending on prescription drugs grew faster than overall health-plan costs last year, so more employers are requiring their employees to share a greater amount of the total expense.
Consumer activists claim the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI combinations are anticompetitive; FCC commissioners were divided on conditions.