Federal Mandate Law & Legal Definition

Federal mandate is defined as “any provision in statute or regulation or any Federal court ruling that imposes an enforceable duty upon State, local, or tribal governments including a condition of Federal assistance or a duty arising from participation in a voluntary Federal program.” (2 USCS § 1555)

The term "Federal mandate" means “a Federal intergovernmental mandate or a Federal private sector mandate, as defined in paragraphs (5) and (7).” (2 USCS § 658)