Federal Mandate Law and 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)