SEATTLE - In a conciliatory shift, government finance officials meeting here Saturday conceded that some improvements to municipal disclosures sought by an analysts' group may be warranted, though the finance officers insisted that the changes should be made only on a voluntary basis and not mandated by federal regulators.

The move nonetheless appears to be a significant shift for members of the Government Finance Officers Association's debt committee, who in the past had blasted the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and its calls for general improvement to muni disclosure standards.

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