Laurence J. Kotlikoff, a professor of economics at Boston University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, discussed the concept of "generational accounting" at the International Federation of Accountants' (IFAC) World Accountancy Forum in New York City last month. What follows is taken from his keynote address. The goals of generational accounting are to understand whether fiscal policy is sustainable, and if it's not, how much more today's and tomorrow's children will have to pay to achieve sustainability, Kotlikoff said in his presentation. It's up to CPAs to take the lead in endorsing meaningful fiscal measurement and discarding senseless tabulation. Time is of the essence.