CAFR Taxonomy, Demonstration Release

Government agency representatives, municipal analysts and investors, software providers, and other users of state and local government data are invited to review and comment on the data standards developed to represent sections of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This is Version 0.3 of the Demonstration Release, which builds on the previous Demonstration Release and […more]


XBRL US Comments on MSRB Notice

XBRL US submitted a letter commenting on the MSRB’s Strategic Goals and Priorities which asks the MSRB to consider how data standards would impact the current EMMA (Electronic Data Municipal Markets Access) data collection and dissemination process. We pointed out that we support the use of data standards to improve efficiencies in the reporting and […more]


MSRB Notice: Request for Comment on Strategic Goals & Priorities

On December 7, 2020, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) published a notice requesting input on their strategic goals and priorities to help them assess the long-term direction of the MSRB. They are looking for input on how the MSRB is fulfilling its Congressional mandate to develop rules and systems to support the municipal securities […more]


Forbes Article: A Technology Solution for Muni Bond Disclosure

On September 30, 2020, Forbes published “A Technology Solution for Muni Bond Disclosure” by Barnet Sherman, an article that suggests that momentum is building for greater standardization in municipal reporting. In the article, Sherman notes: “…The new chair of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), Joel Black, wrote that during his tenure, one theme will […more]


College of DuPage Leads Move to Electronic Financial Reporting for Illinois Community Colleges

Illinois-based College of DuPageleads move to electronic financial reporting for Illinois community colleges Register for the free webinar.


Municipal Beat Podcast on Data Standards

XBRL US member Liz Sweeney of Nutshell Associates discusses data standards to improve state and local government reporting on Municipal Beat Podcast. Listen to the podcast.


Video: Standards for government data collection

Most U.S. government data agencies today do not require data standards for information reported by businesses, grantees, or state and local governments. Agencies could easily transition to data standards programs, with gains for all stakeholders: reporting entities would eliminate duplicate data preparation, and enjoy low costs from competitively priced preparation tools government agencies would experience […more]


How Data Transparency Can Help Fight COVID-19

Marc Joffe of the Reason Foundation, and Chair of the XBRL US Standard Government Reporting Working Group, writes that to make better-informed decisions about coronavirus, governments should be publishing comprehensive, machine-readable data sets. The article goes on to note: “In the weeks since COVID-19 became a pandemic, a plethora of data dashboards have been launched […more]


XBRL US Comments Prior to SEC Muni Conference “Spotlight on Transparency”

XBRL US submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Municipal Disclosures in advance of their scheduled conference “Spotlight on Transparency: A Discussion of Secondary Market Municipal Securities Disclosure Practices”. The XBRL US letter advocated for the use of data standards for state and local government reporting and asked that the […more]


Public Review: CAFR Taxonomy Demonstration Release

Monday, March 9 - Friday, May 8, 2020
XBRL US Public Review
Get details and comment on the Demonstration Release

Comment on this Demonstration Release through May 8, 2020 Standard Government Working Group is soliciting feedback on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Taxonomy (CAFR) Demonstration Release during a 60-day public review period. Input is requested on: Definitions and references for the elements. Are the definitions accurate? Are references appropriate? Should revisions or modifications be made? […more]