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Agency Assessment of Mandates

“[A]ll agencies… shall conduct an assessment of all mandates imposed on local governments administered by the agency to determine which mandates, if any, may be altered or eliminated.” (Section 2.2-613, Code of Virginia)

“If an assessment reveals that such mandates may be altered or eliminated without undue threat to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Commonwealth, the Commission [on Local Government] shall so advise the Governor and the General Assembly…” (Section 15.2-2903, Code of Virginia)

The mandates are described in the Catalog of State and Federal Mandates on Local Governments, which the commission updates annually.  Executive Order 58, signed by Governor Kaine on Oct. 11, 2007, governs the assessment of mandates by state executive agencies. EO 58 rescinded Executive Memorandum 1-98, which previously guided the assessment process.

“The Commission on Local Government shall distribute copies of all completed assessments received from state agencies to the Governor, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate, the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and the Virginia Municipal League (VML) and to other interested parties upon request.” (Section B(1)(f), EO 58)

In accordance with EO 58, the commission annually establishes a mandate assessment schedule for state agencies.  The schedule is subject to the Governor’s approval.  The commission publishes the schedule in the Virginia Register of Regulations (go to the General Notices section), distributes it to the agencies responsible for assessing the mandates, and posts it on this website.  In addition, the commission distributes the schedule to the Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate, VACo and VML.

Only the following types of mandates are subject to assessment:

  • New and newly-identified mandates that have been in effect for at least 24 months;
  • Existing mandates that have revised to the extent that they constitute new mandates and have been in effect for at least 24 months; and
  • Other mandates that the commission, after considering input from stakeholders, has decided should be reassessed.

Local governments are invited to submit their comments on mandates currently under assessment.  Information on the fiscal impact of the mandates is particularly welcome.

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FY 2015-2016 Schedule of Assessment Periods for
Executive Agency Assessment of Cataloged Mandates
Number Short Title Assessment Dates
SAF.VDACS009 Control of Dangerous and Vicious Dogs July 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015
SCT.DOLI006 Providing Local Government Statistical Information July 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015
SFIN.TAX011 Board of Equalization Appeals Process September 1, 2015, to November 30, 2015
SFIN.TAX017 Payment Agreements for Delinquent Real Property Taxes July 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015
SFIN.TAX018 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Must Deposit Certain Funds July 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015
SFIN.TAX019 Regional Transient Occupancy Tax in Northern Virginia August 1, 2015, to October 31, 2015
SHHR.DSS074 Social Worker Degree Requirements September 1, 2015, to November 30, 2015
SHHR.VDH032 Emergency Medical Services Criminal History Record Information October 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015
SNR.MRC003 Comprehensive Plan to Include Coastal Resource Management October 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015
SOA.ELECT005 Cancellation of Voter Registration July 1, 2015, to August 31, 2015
SOE.DOE053 Programs for Educationally At-Risk Students  July 1, 2015, to August 31, 2015
SOE.DOE062 Competency-Based Career and Technical Education Program and Standards July 1, 2015, to August 31, 2015
SOE.DOE086 Prevention of Violence and Crime on School Property July 1, 2015, to August 31, 2015
SOE.DOE090 School Crisis, Emergency Management, and Medical Emergency Response Plan September 1, 2015, to October 31, 2015
SOE.DOE111 Evaluation of Superintendent, Teachers, and Principals September 1, 2015, to October 31, 2015
SOE.DOE112 Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medication Policy September 1, 2015, to October 31, 2015
SPSHS.DCJS008 Training Standards for Criminal Justice Personnel August 1, 2015, to October 31, 2015
SPSHS.DCJS032 De-Certification of Law Enforcement Officers August 1, 2015, to October 31, 2015
SPSHS.DCJS034 Prevention of Internet Crimes Against Children August 1, 2015, to October 31, 2015
SPSHS.VDEM015 Localities Participation in Statewide Mutual Aid Program December 1, 2015, to February 29, 2016
STO.VDOT015 Removal or Relocation of Outdoor Advertising July 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015
STO.VDOT032 Vegetation Control for Outdoor Advertising Signs          July 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015

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FY 2014-15 Schedule of Assessment Periods
for Executive Agency Assessment of Cataloged Mandates

Number Short Title Assessment Dates
SAF.VDACS012 Fertilizer Application to Nonagricultural Lands; Training and Reporting Requirements March 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015
SFIN.TAX012 Affordable Housing Real Estate Assessments July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
SFIN.TAX015 Real Property Tax Assessment of Wetlands August 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SFIN.TAX016 Local Consumer Utility Tax Exemption for Certain Electricity Generation Facilities September 1, 2014, to November 30, 2014
SHHR.DSS075 Annual Credit Checks for Children in Foster Care July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
SHHR.VDH031 Medicological Death Investigations July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
SOA.DGS005 Standardization of Police Equipment August 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SOA.DHRM002 Supplemental Salary Payments to State Employees by a Locality October 1, 2014, to December 1, 2014
SOA.SBE006 Compensation of Officers; Volunteer Officers July 1 2014, to August 31, 2014
SOA.SBE007 Public Notification Requirements for General Registrars July 1 2014, to August 31, 2014
SOE.DOE037 School Transportation July 1, 2014, to August 31, 2014
SOE.DOE131 School Performance Report Card July 1, 2014, to August 31, 2014
SOE.DOE133 Hiring of Teachers, Contracts September 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SOE.DOE134 Virginia Index of Performance Recognition September 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SOE.DOE138 College and Career Preparation Planning and Programs September 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SOVAHS.DVS001 Real Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans April 1, 2015, to June 30, 2015
STO.VDOT038 Removal of Illegal Signs from VDOT Right-of-way July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
STO.VDOT040 Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (VTIB) July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
STO.VDOT041 Corridors of Statewide Significance April 1, 2015, to June 30, 2015
STO.VDOT042 Local Transportation Plan to be Reviewed by VDOT July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014