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Annual Report of the Comptroller, 1990
Volume 354, Page 33   View pdf image (33K)
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Notes to General Purpose Financial Statements

for the year ended June 30,1990

1. Financial Reporting Entity and Description of Funds and Account Groups:

The accompanying financial statements of the State of Maryland present the financial position of the various
fund types and account groups, the results of operations of the various fund types, and the cash flows of the
enterprise funds.

The financial statements of the State have been prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting
principles (GAAP) as applied to government units. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is the
accepted standard-setting body for establishing governmental accounting and financial reporting principles. The
more significant of the State's accounting policies are described below:

A. Reporting Entity:

The financial statements include the various departments, agencies, and other organizational units governed
by the General Assembly and/or constitutional officers of the State of Maryland.

In evaluating how to define the government for financial reporting purposes, management has considered all
potential component units. The decision to include a potential component unit in the entity was made by applying
the criteria set forth in GAAP. The basic, but not the only, criterion for including a potential component unit
within the reporting entity is the State's ability to exercise oversight responsibility. The most significant evidence
of this ability is financial interdependency. Other evidence of the ability to exercise oversight responsibility
includes, but is not limited to, the selection of governing authority, appointment of management, constitutional
officers' ability to significantly influence operations, and accountability for fiscal matters. A second criterion used
in evaluating potential component units is the scope of public service. Application of this criterion involves
considering whether the activity benefits the State and/or its citizens or is generally available to its citizens. A
third criterion used to evaluate potential component units for inclusion or exclusion from the reporting entity is
the existence of special financial relationships, regardless of whether the State is able to exercise oversight

Based on the application of these criteria, the following component units are included within the reporting

Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority

Maryland Housing Fund

Community Development Administration

Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority

Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration

Maryland Food Center Authority

Maryland Transportation Authority

Maryland State Lottery Agency

Maryland Environmental Service

State Use Industries

Maryland Higher Education Loan Corporation

Maryland Deposit Insurance Fund Corporation

Maryland Stadium Authority

Unemployment Insurance Program

Maryland State Retirement and Pension Systems

University of Maryland System

St. Mary's College of Maryland

Morgan State University



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